The 2022 Ice Fishing Tournament is Saturday, January 15 with the Bud Light Rules Meeting on the Friday, January 14.
The Ice Fishing Expo is Thursday January 13 from 3 - 9pm and January 14 from 11am - 3pm.
July 19: Guaranteed Team Registration Opens.
August 9: Guaranteed Team Registration Closes at 5pm CDT.
August 16: Lottery Entry Form Opens.
September 7: Lottery Entry Form Closes at 5pm CDT.
September 22: Lottery Teams are Drawn & Team Numbers are Assigned.
December 13 - 31: Partner changes are accepted.
Mobridge Annual Ice Fishing Tournament
Over 20 Years of Tradition
In January of 2001, the Mobridge Tourism Committee hosted the first ever Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament. With a budget of $800, the committee was committed to making the event a success. In the beginning, the tournament had a cap of 50 individuals and the grand prize was a Mr. Heater. The following year the tournament double in size and grew to 50 two-person teams competing for the grand prize of an ice auguer. From there the tournament continued to grow every year as the committee allowed more teams to particpate.
Now, more than 20 years later the tournament has grown to be the largest Ice Fishing Tournament in South Dakota at 525 teams of two anglers who compete for more than $225,000 in cash and prizes. The Annual Mobridge Ice Fishing Tournament attracts fisherman from all over South Dakota and the entire Midwest each and every year!
How to Fish in the Tournament
To reward the teams of anglers who have fished with us from the beginning the commitee allows these teams a guaranteed spot in the tournament. Guarenteed team registration happens every year towards the end of July and early August.
There are a handful of opportunities to gain a guaranteed spot each year. Firstly, three guaranteed spots are drawn each year for the anglers who participate in our summer fishing tournament the Annual Denny Palmer Memorial Walleye Classic. Additionally, in December a team is auctioned on Ebay every year.
Once guaranteed team registration closes in early August all remaining team spots are drawn for. The spots drawn for are non-guarenteed and allow entry into that years tournament only.