FLC student lands biggest fish at 5th Annual Vallecito Ice Fishing Tournament
Thanks to a 5.12-pound rainbow trout, Chase Ribble, a local outdoorsman and FLC junior majoring in Business Administration, is $750 richer. Ribble joined 152 other contestants under a chilly blue sky on February 20, 2021, for the 5th Annual Vallecito Ice Fishing Tournament. He had been fishing Vallecito Lake for a month leading up to the tournament, scouting the very spot that led to his big win. After the victorious weigh-in, Ribble kneeled back to the ice hole and released the trout, which was twice as big as the tournament’s second-place catch.
“I want the fish to continue to grow, so I can get back out there and try to catch them again,” says Ribble, who plans to put some of his winnings toward a new fly fishing rod. Ribble moved to Durango from Morrison, Colorado in 2018 to attend FLC “because of all it has to offer both inside and outside the classroom.”