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Luke Gandrud Memorial youth derby Feb. 8 on Lake Ida

The Cormorant Lakes Sportsman’s Club is sponsoring the Annual Luke Gandrud Youth Fishing Derby Feb. 8 on Lake Ida. Every kid who shows up will get a free fishing pole, tackle, bait and a door prize. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Cormorant Lakes Sportsman’s Club is sponsoring the Annual Luke Gandrud Memorial Youth Fishing Derby from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Feb. 8  on Lake Ida.

The derby is free to all youth ages 15 and under, with all tackle and bait provided. There will also be free hot dogs, pop, chips and hot chocolate on the ice during the derby.

Kids have the chance to win many prizes, including two $50 gift certificates given out by the Cormorant Pub.

“Every kid that comes will get a prize,” said organizer Tammy Odegaard. “It could be tackle, it could be clothing, it could be footballs. Also, everybody gets a free fishing pole and tackle and a minnow bucket full of minnows.”

Odegaard said the top fish caught will also bring various prizes.

The derby will be on Lake Lida, 1/4 mile west of the Roadhouse on Becker County Road 4.

Odegaard said they usually prepare for about 500 youth anglers to participate in the derby, but weather has a lot of effect on how many actually show up.

The derby is named after Cormorant Sportsman’s Club past president, Luke Gandrud, who was very active in the club with the youth fishing derby. After his death, the derby was re-named in his honor.

Funds for the derby are raised through the Cormorant Lake Sportsman’s Club’s charitable gaming.