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By Ted Pilgrim, Traditions Media

You Can Learn a Lot with Use of Underwater Camera While Ice Fishing

A singular theme runs through the game of sight-fishing. It’s the visual see-stalk-cast and hang-on-to-your-rod sequence that anglers can’t get enough of; why fly fishers cherish above all else drifting dry flies for trout; why inshore anglers can’t sleep the night before an adventure on the shallow bonefish flats; why muskie hunters happily take a beating for twelve hours straight for the mere chance at one big fish . . .

Pure, adrenaline-laced, heart-pounding fun!

Believe it or not, the same motivation fuels the pursuit of crappies, walleyes or other species through a hole in a frozen lake—especially when one views the action via underwater camera lens. Big bonuses result, too. Like learning new and fascinating fish behaviors, or discovering what your lure, line and retrieve really look like underwater, having witnessed the aquatic drama with your own two eyes.

The annual Lake of the Woods Ice Derby near Bremen, Ind. Saturday has been cancelled.

Derby officials said there was too much open water on the lake although some anglers were fishing around the edges this week. Officials felt conditions would be unsafe for the general public, especially if the big snow in the forecast were to add more issues.

However, there will still be the morning pancake and sausage, biscuit and gravy all-you-can-eat breakfast at the community center for $5 from 5 – 9:30 a.m. and drawings for prizes will be held. Proceeds go to the local boys and girls club.

For more information, call Lowell Michaels, 574-546-5802.

The 46th annual Fish Lake Property Owners Association Ice Fishing Derby is slated for next Saturday.

Registration begins at 5 a.m. at the American Legion on the south side of Fish Lake, located along Ind. 4 between North Liberty and Walkerton, Ind.

Entry fee is $5 for anglers ages 13 and over and $2.50 for youths 6-12. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish in nine species categories. Contest hours are from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

The Bremen Conservation Club had to postpone its Feb. 3 ice derby to Feb. 10 on Lake of the Woods due to poor ice conditions.

Registration begins at 5 a.m. at the Community Building; fishing will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fee is $10. The Club will share proceeds with the Bremen Boys and Girls Club.