Herald JournalHerald Journal, Feb. 2, 2004

Lake ice is good for the derby Sat.

By Lynda Jensen

Local ice fishing enthusiasts will find Howard Lake ice to be in good condition for the 58th annual fishing derby Saturday, Feb. 7.

Angler Rod Werner estimated the ice thickness to be about 18 to 20 inches.

Joe Drusch noted that ice fishing has been good for walleye and northerns.

This year, there will be a complimentary bison burger feed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. sponsored by the Country Store before the fishing contest.

The menu features potato salad, beans and a beverage served at the Country Store. Serving will continue until the burger supply is gone. It is open to the public.

The usual prizes will be given for best bass, walleye, northern, crappie, and sunfish.

There will also be contests for making ice holes with hand augers, and with a gas- and electric-powered auger. There is also a contest for hole chiseling.

The fishing derby will be conducted from 2 to 4 p.m., and is sponsored by the Howard Lake Sportsmen's Club every year.

The grand prize is an Ice Buddy Fishhouse on wheels, which is on display at Joe's Sport Shop. First and second prizes are framed prints, and third prize is a gas ice auger.

Proceeds from the raffle sales will go toward conservation.

Raffle tickets are available at Joe's Sport Shop. Ticketholders need not be present to win.

There will be no cancellation due to weather.

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