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Clear H2o Tackle near Edwardsburg will host its annual Winter Open House this weekend featuring the latest innovations in ice fishing tackle.

In addition to tackle displays of rods, reels, lures, augers, fishfinders and portable ice sheds, the store will offer free food and special pricing.

Hours are 7-7 Friday, 6-6 Saturday and 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the shop at 269-414-4131.

D&R Sports Center in Kalamazoo will host an Ice Fishing Show next Saturday and Sunday at the store.

There is no charge.

Ice fishing seminars are scheduled throughout both days and more than 25 factory representatives will be on hand to discuss ice fishing products.

Six top-ranked ice fishing pros will be delivering how-to seminars and offering informal discussions about the sport and Michiana fishing.

Hours are 9-5 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday.


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.