The carp hunt is on

Chisago Lakes Lions hosts annual festival Saturday


Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

The Chisago Lakes Lions Club is hosting its fourth annual Carp Festival and bow fishing tournament this Saturday, May 18, in Chisago City.

A 5K walk and run will begin at 10 a.m. to kick off the festivities organized to help control the growing carp population in area lakes.

Event coordinator Steve Levey highlighted the need to keep the carp in check to improve water quality and lake ecosystems from the damage carp cause if left uncontrolled, but area residents might as well have fun at the same time.

“This is a carp festival, so we aren’t into formal wear and black ties,” Levey said. “Those attending the festival are welcome to dress accordingly, it is a carp festival after all, and ‘Minnesota redneck’ is the suggested dress code for anyone wishing to attend.  We believe our carp are uglier than any eelpout ever born, and we can have the same amount of fun without the snow and the cold of winter.”

Levey also pointed out that despite the spawning period being delayed due to cold weather, the number of carp available will continue to rise with the warm weather leading up to the tournament. He hopes each boat brings in more than one hundred carp.

The one-day festival will be held at Frankies Marine, the main sponsor for the bow fishing competition. This year will be the first competition that will be strictly bow fishing, and it will be an overnight event starting at 10 p.m. and ending at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

New lakes have been added to this year’s tournament waters: Comfort, Big/Little Green, North/South Lindstrom, Chisago, Sunrise and North/South Center Lakes. Entrance fees are $150 per boat, which will be returned to contestants as prize money along with three new boats that were donated for the cause by G3. Cash prizes will be awarded for the three biggest carp (by weight) and the top 10 boats with the most carp (by number).

For more information, contact Steve Levey at [email protected] or at 651-257-6334.