Every third Saturday in February
thousands of fishermen gather on the ice
on Mille Lacs with a dream of catching a fish that is big enough to win a prize...
... maybe a 4 wheeler, maybe a gun
or just maybe $20,000.
Great participants, great sponsors and
great volunteers all come together for
a great cause raising hundreds of thousands
of dollars for waterfowl conservation
The Fishing For Ducks event
The Fishing For Ducks event kicks off on the Friday night before the contest with the 'Friday Night Flight', a gathering at The Y Club in Garrison and is open to all ticket holders and anyone that wants to but a ticket. You can also redeem your tickets that night for your credentials that allow you to fish and be on the ice inside the designated fishing area. The evening is filled with some great raffles and boards featuring a big selection of guns and quality merchandise.
The contest fishing area is open Saturday morning to find a good spot and visit the registration/hospitality tent. The tent is home for the contest, where you can get credentials for the contest, get some great food and drink and get raffle tickets and get on gun boards. The official fish check in station is there too.
Fishing For Ducks is proud to have Tito's Vodka as our partner in the event. We feature Tito's at the Quack Shack where awesome 'bloodies' as well as other adult beverages are available.
The contest runs from noon to three p.m. The top 100 fish (by weight and check in time) win a great prize (see the list from 2018). The biggest fish wins $20,000!
Volunteers make it happen
Fishing For Ducks is one of many fund-raising events hosted by the Garrison Wildlife Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, a volunteer organization. Our chapter is one of the top chapters in the country. The Fishing For Ducks event is the largest attended DU event anywhere breaking the record again this year.
Everything about Fishing For Ducks has grown dramatically since the very first one in 2005 with 652 fishermen to just under 5,000 fishing in 2018. The event is staffed 100% by volunteers so as the event grew so did the need for more volunteers. The community of Garrison and the surrounding area answered the need along with DU volunteers from across Minnesota and beyond. From selling raffle tickets to working on registration to setting up the tent to serving as a Marshall on the ice there are many tasks to choose from.
The event is still growing as is the need for volunteers. We would love to have you join the team. It's a lot of fun. You can pick your own task and you can fish and volunteer too as there is much to do before and after the contest. Any help is appreciated.
It's all for the ducks
One of the driving forces behind the success of Fishing For Ducks is the cause. A highly successful conservation organization, Ducks Unlimited is the leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. But is so much more than just for ducks. DU's conservation programs, focused of quality habitat benefits so very many more species of birds, mammals and fish as well as any plant or animal that requires wetland and upland habitat for survival and reproduction.
People come together from across the upper Midwest to fish or volunteer to work Fishing For Ducks in support of Ducks Unlimited. Sponsors and donors support the event in part because they know that their contribution will be used to raise funds that will be in support of DU's conservation programs the following year.
With 80 years of success, Ducks Unlimited has conserved over 14 million acres in North America. In Minnesota DU has spent over $84 million conserving more than 222,000 acres.
Your participation in Fishing For Ducks includes a one year DU membership.
Find more about Ducks Unlimited through these resources.