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PHOTOS: Scenes from the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby

by CASEY KREIDER, Daily Inter Lake
| January 7, 2023 3:25 PM

Scenes from the 51st annual Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake in Kila on Saturday, Jan. 7. Montana Walleyes Unlimited handed out 100 fishing rods and reels to kids under the age of 12 who caught a fish. The derby is in its 51st year and is the oldest ice fishing contest in the state of Montana, according to Warren Illi of Walleyes Unlimited.

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A child smiles as he gets a ride back to shore at the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake on Saturday, Jan. 7. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Colton Reynolds holds a pike he caught at the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake on Saturday, Jan. 7. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Annabell Nicholson waits for a bite at the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake in Kila on Saturday, Jan. 7. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Nolan Kientz holds a pike caught at the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake in Kila on Saturday, Jan. 7. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Emmett Dopps and Cedar Keller hold a pike they reeled in together at the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake on Saturday, Jan. 7. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Rowen Parsons waits for a bite at the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake in Kila on Saturday, Jan. 7. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Bob Hickey, with Montana Walleyes Unlimited, weighs a pike caught by Emmett Dopps, center, and Cedar Keller at the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake on Saturday, Jan. 7. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Mason Billiet, left, and Kwintyn Hicks walk and talk as they take a break from reeling in pike at the at the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake on Saturday, Jan. 7. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Ice fishing tents spread out across Smith Lake at the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby in Kila on Saturday, Jan. 7. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Lucas West carries a pike to be weighed at the Sunriser Lions Family Ice Fishing Derby at Smith Lake in Kila on Saturday, Jan. 7. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)