A Monticello Original - Outdoor Food and Family Fun Held Each January

Get out your ice fishing gear and join us in January at Lake Montesian in Monticello, WI for the annual Fisharee/Chickaree!

Ice Fishing Tournament & Grilled Chicken Fundraiser sponsored by the Monticello Community Club

Fisharee/Chickaree History:

In celebration of the our beautiful Lake, an annual ice-fishing tournament was held sponsored by the Green County Conservation League in partnership with the Monticello Lions Club. When the lake was being rehabilitated a few years back, all the fish had been removed, the decision was made to keep this winter event alive so...

We fired up the long grills next to the lake and grilled chicken instead of the days catch. The annual fishing tournament gave way to grilled chicken and when the fish had returned and were thriving in the lake, we just kept the grilled chicken served hot along the shore of Lake Montesian.

This was how our annual fishing tournament came to be known as the Fisharee/Chickaree.

Over time, the Conservation League turned the event over to the Monticello Lion's Club, leaving an opening for Monticello Community Club the to join in on the fun. All funds raised benefit a variety of local programs including: vision screening, awarding scholarships, building parks, and more.

The family fun fulled event is held the Sunday before the Superbowl since there's no football on that weekend!

Prizes are awarded for the largest fish, most fish, smallest fish and more! And don't forget the wonderful grilled chicken!

Chicken orders can be placed in person before the event at Gempeler's Deli on Main Street or through a Community Club Member. Order early before their all gone!