Big Creek Hardwater Open 2012


On Ice Tour - Big Creek Hardwater Open - Recycled Fish

A team tournament for Central Iowa – combining a great fishery and great fishermen for good times on the ice. Many species will swim under your hole, but this tournament is focused on bluegills and crappies – weigh your 10 best fish: 5 bluegills and 5 crappies.

This year's event details:

Big Creek Hardwater Open Tournament logo - Recycled FishFeb 25-26, 2012 - due to unprecedented warm temperatures, Big Creek Lake,we are moving the date into February for safe ice. Contact Ben Leal (Programs [at] RecycledFish [dot] org) for questions.

Big Creek Lake ( see Map for lake boundaries as designated by tournament officials)

Launch Site: Marina Boat Ramp – NE side of the lake just below the tournament boundary. Lunch will also be served here on Saturday

2-Person Team Tournament
(limited to 100 teams)
5 Bluegills | 5 Crappies
Entry Fee: $55 + $10 Donation
Optional Big Fish Pot: $5 (100% payout to largest fish)

Official Rules

Offical Results from the 2011 Big Creek Hardwater Open are in. Congratulations to Team Humpal for taking 1st Place and to Team Blaze Orange for the biggest bluegill in the tournament.

See results from last year’s Big Creek Hardwater Open.

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Recycled Fish | Big Creek Hardwater Open
605 N. 12th Street #3
Nebraska City, NE 68410

Please feel free to contact Tournament Director Ben Leal with any questions about the Big Creek Hardwater Open tournament.

How You Can Help

We have the Recycled Fish "On Ice" Tour "Short Rods" Long Sleeve T-shirt available at our Online Store. You can also get a copy of our new Stewardship "On Ice" booklet.

The Recycled Fish 'On Ice' Tour brings the Stewardship Ethic to waters across the ice belt every winter. It would be impossible without the support of Strikemaster, Clam Outdoors Ice Team, Grabber Warmers and Vexilar.

The Recycled Fish Hardwater Opens also receive support from Scheels of Des Moines, Berkley and Fenwick.