It is no secret that winter 2022-23 in Montana has been a long one.

The heavy snow and often bitter cold temperatures have made for challenging conditions. One example is the lack of open water on some of Montana's most popular lakes.

Take Fort Peck Reservoir, for example. Not in one of your more moderate climates to begin with, thick ice is to blame for the rescheduling of a popular walleye fishing tournament that was to be held this coming weekend, but had to be rescheduled to later dates this month.

So, the goal here is to take lemons and make (frozen) lemonade with a fun contest that will put over $100 cash in someone's tackle box. Introducing: the FORT PECK ICE OFF STAND OFF!


Darin McMurray is the US Army Corps of Engineers Operations Manager for the Fort Peck Project. One of his duties is to declare the official date that the ice will be off Fort Peck Reservoir. There will be no haggling. Darrin's word is gold. Or ice.

We at the Montana Outdoor Radio Show, heard live in Missoula on News/Talk KGVO every Saturday morning, 6:00 - 8:00, want you to make your prediction on what date Darrin will officially declare Fort Peck ice-free. The winner will receive $1 for every day the ice was officially on Fort Peck during the 2022-23 season, or a minimum $100, whichever is higher. But, since the lake was declared iced over on December 20, 2022, that means the prize is already up over $110.


Contest entries will be accepted until April 22 2023. The winner will be a person who predicts the exact date correctly, or closest to it without exceeding the correct date. If more than one contestant picks the correct date, a drawing will be held to determine the cash prize winner.

All you have to do is submit your guess, your name, email, hometown and phone number. ONLY ONE GUESS PER CONTESTANT WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Entry is simple, using the Montana Outdoor Radio Show website. Just click the big Fort Peck Ice Off Contest banner at the top of the page.

The winner will be announced on....uh, well, we don't know when they will be announced. Gotta wait for more ice to melt!

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