First: Our 2016 fishing contest ended yesterday and we’d like to take a moment and announce the winners. First and second place were awarded to the photos sent to us that garnered the most “likes” on our facebook. The third place prize was drawn randomly from everyone who sent in a photo.

Second: After we acknowledge our winners we’d also like to take a moment and share our new contest for 2017.

First place for the 2016 Birch Forest Lodge fishing contest goes to Amy Averhoff who’s photo of a very nice Walleye garnered 61 likes on our facebook page. Amy wins a $300 gift certificate!

Second place goes to Derek Thiex and his photo of a nice Smallmouth Bass. Derek wins a $150 gift certificate!

Our final prize for the 2016 fishing contest goes to Tina Hempel and her photo of a monster Sunfish. Tina wins a $50 gift certificate!

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and thank you to everyone who took time to email us their fish photos!

This year we will be having three types of fishing contests.

Similar to last year we will be holding a fish photo contest. We will once again be asking you to send us your fish photos and we’ll be posting them on our Facebook page and they will go into the yearly Brag Book. Unlike last year, we won’t be using the number of likes to determine the winners. Everyone who submits a photo of a fish will have their name entered into a drawing and 3 people will be chosen at the end of the year to win $100 gift certificates. This year we will allow people in the same family to win if more than one person in a family is drawn as a winner. So please help us out and send us your fantastic fishing photos!

We will also be having two on site Crappie fishing tournaments as well here at Birch Forest Lodge and a season long Bass contest. These contests will be for anglers of Pelican Lake who would like to bring in a fish to be weighed and measured. We are installing a new scale down at the boathouse to weigh fish and hope to use it many times to measure trophy fish you catch here in Pelican Lake.

Crappie Contests: During the week of May 20-27  and September 9-16 we will be hosting a Crappie tournament. Any Crappie can be entered into the tournament and the fisherman with the largest Crappie will be awarded a $100 gift certificate. Other prizes will also be given out to anglers these weeks. Also we will be hosting a fish fry here at the lodge for all fisherman both of those weeks on the Thursday night of their stay!

Bass Tournament: Pelican Lake is full of monster Bass, both Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. The lake has excellent cover and forage for bass and on top of all this, we have a slot limit to protect our larger breeding fish. Because of the slot limit you can’t be in possession of a bass between the length of 14 and 20 inches. But as many of you know, there are many bass in this lake larger than 20 inches. We regularly hear about 20.5 inch, 21 inch and even larger bass being caught. We want to invite you to bring in your trophy bass over 20 inches to be weighed and measured. We will be be installing a new plaque in the lodge to showcase the fishermen over the years who are able to successfully land one of these lunkers! Also the largest bass caught (and released after being weighed) will also win a $100 gift certificate.