DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Two of the largest ice fishing tournaments nationwide will be held in the Upper Midwest on Saturday.

Volunteers will drill 6,000 holes on North Dakota’s Devils Lake’s Six Mile Bay in preparation for the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s ice fishing derby, the Minot Daily News reported .

“I believe we’re the biggest one in the United States,” said Derby Director Jim Moe. “We’re talking about $325,000 in prizes.”

The Devils Lake tournament raises money for the area’s fire department.

“We do it with volunteers to raise money to purchase equipment,” said Moe. “It saves taxpayer money.”

Moe said the derby could have a financial impact between of $2.5 million and $3 million by bringing thousands of fishermen to the area.

Meanwhile, central Minnesota will welcome up to 10,000 fishermen this Saturday for the ice fishing tournament billed as the “Granddaddy of them all.” The event at the Hole in the Day Bay at Gull Lake near Brainerd is expected to raise about $150,000 to support charities.

Both events have been held for about three decades.

Information from: Minot Daily News,

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