After ice and snow cover melt on Michigan lakes this early spring, it may be more likely for people to discover dead fish or other aquatic animals. While such sights can be startling, the Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that it is normal, since winter conditions can cause fish and other creatures such as turtles, frogs, toads and crayfish to die.
"Winterkill is the most common type of fish kill," said Gary Whelan, DNR Fisheries Division research manager. "As the season changes, it can be particularly common in shallow lakes, ponds, streams and canals. These kills are localized and typically do not affect the overall health of the fish populations or fishing quality."
By Louie Stout
Want to add a little competition to your ice fishing experience?
Clear H2o Tackle in Edwardsburg is sponsoring a northern pike ice fish derby on Eagle Lake Feb. 13.
Entry fee is $20 per person for the pike division. All entry money will be paid back in cash awards for the biggest pike, with 50 percent going to the winner, 30 percent for second and 20 percent for third.
Clear H2o in Edwardsburg will host its annual Winter Open House Dec. 13-15.
The tackle shop recently received a new shipment of ice tackle gear and several manufacturer and angling experts will be on hand to offer tips.
In addition, ice tackle and gear will be on sale throughout the weekend along with new open-water products for 2020.
There will be free food available to the public and door prizes given away. Hours are 7-7 Friday, 6-6 Saturday and 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the store at 855-515-3228.
Ye Old Tackle Box in North Webster, Ind. will host ice fishing seminars Nov. 14 from 5-8 p.m.
Instruction will be offered by Vexilar Pro Dennis Manley on how to use electronics for ice fishing and Don Mangum from Don’s Jigs. Representatives from St. Croix and Okuma also will be on hand.
Drawings will be held for electronics, ice augers and other door prizes.
For more information, call the Tackle Box, 574-834-2011.
The Bremen Conservation Club announced the winners of its 16th annual Ice Fishing Derby held recently on Lake of the Woods to benefit the Bremen Boys and Girls Club.
In the adult division, Vickie Rupert (Bremen) won with 157.5 inches of fish while Brian Hensley (Edwardsburg) was second with 149 inches and Mike Nemeth (Edwardsburg) was third with 144.5 inches. Bluegills dominated the catch of all three anglers.
In the youth division, Noah Haas (Osceola) won with 54 inches that included mostly perch.
The single longest fish was a 26.5-inch catfish caught by Ryan Ragland (New Lennox, Ill.)
LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAIFC) National Championship Qualifier this weekend.
While the competitive portion of the qualifier takes place on Sunday, the NAIFC Qualifier kicks off Friday Night with a seminar at Best Western Plus LaPorte Hotel & Conference Center in LaPorte. The seminar series opens with a 5-7 p.m. with a demonstration of ice fishing basics covering everything from what knot to tie to the use of plastic baits. Then at 7 p.m., the technical/how-to information is taken up a notch by highlighting fishing techniques from across the Ice Belt as well as Aqua Vu underwater camera use and tournament tactics.