Carrier-Bozarth team wins Joussard ice fishing tournament

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Beautiful late-winter weather welcomed anglers to the 31st annual Joussard Ice Fishing Tournament on March 9 on Lesser Slave Lake. It was hosted by the Joussard Community Association.

Teams of two hit the lake for the popular event, that attracted twice the number of teams than last year.

“We had 89 teams,” says tournament volunteer Tammy Kaleta, adding that warm temperatures probably had something to do with the good turnout.

Last year’s event drew only 50 teams.

The team of Harvey Carrier, of Clairmont, and Lincoln Bozarth, of Sexsmith, finished first and shared top prize of $2,670. They had finished third in the 2023 tournament.

Tim Roma and Dan Bucurenciu, both of Edmonton, placed second and shared prize money of $1,780.

Taking third place were Faust residents Robert and Peighton Nygaard, winning $890.

Competitors traveled from all over Alberta, British Columbia and the United States.

“We had one team from as far away as South Carolina,” says Kaleta. “With a lot more advertising … we had more people from Edmonton.”

Organizers say 44 teams caught a fish and 45 teams were skunked (caught no fish).

A total of 63 fish were caught and registered, including 37 walleye, 22 burbot and four perch.

Over the years, the event has registered as many as 100 teams.

After attracting 82 teams in 2019, the 2020 tournament drew an all-time low of 39 teams, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning.

The community association says it is thankful for all the support for the tournament, from organizations and individuals.

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