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By Pierre Bibbs

15th Annual Ice Classic Fishing Tournament canceled


January 20, 2021

An ice break at Nelson Reservoir, taken on Saturday, December 30. The fast melting of the water at Nelson has stifled the ice fishing season. Photo by Laura Pankratz.

The year 2021 has claimed another event cancellation but this unfortunate call off was not due to COVID-19, but the strange weather conditions in the winter of 2020-21.

The event; the 2021 Ice Fishing Classic, also known as Murph's Memorial, was called off on Tuesday, January 12, due to the status of Nelson Reservoir. Nelson's body of water is typically frozen in January, this year, not so much.

"A couple of weeks ago, I started noticing the ice and I started asking fisherman," event coordinator Rhonda Dalby told the PCN.

She said that there were parts where fishermen could drill through 14...

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