Jig's Up fishing contest: grand prize fish still swimming

EAU CLAIRE, Wis., (WEAU) -- No one has caught the prized fish during this year’s annual Jig's Up ice fishing contest, but hundreds headed out to Lake Wissota today to try.

The fish, a 16 inch perch, tagged for Saturday's Jig's Up Blugold ice fishing contest on Lake Wissota.

The contest offered more than $80,000 in cash and prizes.

The grand prize though, a Ford F-150 truck, is what most people were outside enduring the cold for.

The winner of the grand prize would have to catch a tagged fish that was dropped in the lake earlier in the week.

Some anglers say that catching the tagged fish can be quite difficult.

“Probably one in a million,” says contest participant, Ross Rubenzer. “Odds are definitely against you, it's like trying to win the lottery type of thing. I've been ice fishing my whole life. I'm out here to try to win the truck.”

Organizers say in recent years of the contest, participants still have yet to catch the lucky fish during the event and land the prize truck.