Ice Fishing Tournament

 Welcome Minnesota Anglers & prepare your tackle for our month+ long fishing tournament! 

Save the date for our month+ long digital ice fishing tournament through the FishDonkey Mobile App, launching January 1st and running through the end of carnival, Feb. 7th, 2021.

Prize Categories 

Prizes will be awarded to the top anglers in categories:
  • King of Winter Largest Walleye – length
  • Largest Northern Pike – length
  • Largest Bass – length
  • Largest Crappie – length
  • Largest Sunfish – length
  • Largest Perch – length
  • Grand Slam of Panfish – measured by the total length of 3 fish 1 crappie, 1 sunfish and 1 perch
  • Winter Carnival Super Fan – random chosen winner – must have 2021 Winter Carnival button in photo
  • Kids fish – 12 and under category – any fish entered has a chance to win awesome prizes
  • Wildcard – Any other fish including sturgeon, Musky, rough fish – length

Categories and leaderboards will update throughout the contest, so check the leaderboards on your phone or on the website to follow the tournament progress.

Prizes include:

  • Kids Prizes:
    • Weekly rod giveaways from Tuned Up Custom Rods
    • Snow sleeves from AdventureUs
    • Fishing package from Vexilar Inc
    • and fun prizes from Get the Lead Out, The Carver Creamery, Great Lakes Aquarium, KEY’S・CAFE and more!
  • Adult Prizes:
    • $730 ION Ice Augers
    • Guide Trip on the St. Croix from River Dan
    • $400 Ice Fishing and Casino stay from Fortune Bay Resort Casino
    • $100 Amped Outdoors LLC
    • $100 Cabelas gift card from Cole Distribution
    • Guided Trip on Lake Minnetonka from guide Larry Hansen
    • $120 in meat packages from ILLETSCHKO’S MEAT AND SMOKEHOUSE
    • Vexilar FL-8 donated from Sonus Interiors
    • $250 Cash from Consolidated Communications
    • $250 Cash from Sonus Design Center
    • $150 Tickle Stick and 13 fishing package from Vados Bait & Tackle
    • $100 Package from Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
    • $100 rod from Iron Range Custom Ice Rods
    • $50 Aqua-Vu prize pack
    • $100 in Tinucci’s Gift Cards
    • $75 prize pack from Joe’s Sporting Goods
    • $50 gift card from Mike’s Bait on 8
    • $50 Frattalone’s Ace Hardware
    • $50 Cabelas card from Hank’s Specialties, Inc.
    • $130 Minnesota Wild retro jersey
    • Minnesota Fishing Company prize pack! 
    • And so much more!


Eligible fish are limited to all Minnesota public waters to get the whole State of Minnesota participating in Winter Carnival. 

FishDonkey – How to Join

All fish entered in the tournament will be photographed, measured, recorded with the FishDonkey app. Joining our tournament is easy: 

  1. Download the FishDonkey Mobile App through the App Store on your mobile phone
  2. Search “Winter Carnival” 
  3. Join the Tournament and begin submitting your catches! 

How to Enter a Fish

Sponsor Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the tournament or donating a prize? Email us at 

About Us

This exciting outdoor event helps support the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation, a non-profit membership organization and proud producers of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival was started in 1886 and is the oldest winter festival in the United States. It relies on sponsors, fundraisers, donations, charitable gaming, and foundation members to support its year-round activities.


Thank You, Sponsors & Prize Donors!

Tinucci’s Restaurant

Iron Range Ice Rods