Get out and enjoy McHenry County Conservation District's first "Frosty Fishing Fair" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at The Hollows Conservation Area, Lake Atwood, 3804 Route 14 in Cary.
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Local fishing experts will reveal the tips and tricks of ice fishing through free instruction and live demonstrations.
"Ice fishing is a fun way to get outside. You can take the whole family and it's an inexpensive activity. On a nice winter day with a reflective sun, it can be quite pleasant," said Mary Kozub, event coordinator.
This event is perfect for beginners or expert ice anglers. Participants will have the chance to visit with vendors and representatives of local fishing clubs such as Trout Unlimited and Crystal Lake Anglers, learn about ice fishing safety, equipment and techniques.
Kids also will enjoy ongoing games and activities or roasting marshmallows. A live DJ will play music and announce prizes. Food and hot beverages will be available to purchase.
On the day of the event if there is not 4 inches of ice but instead there is open water, participants will fish from shore.
Make sure to bundle up and pack your gear for an afternoon of ice fishing. Drop in any time. No registration is required.
Participants, ages 16 and older, must have a fishing license and inland water trout stamp if they will be fishing.
For more information, call (815) 459-5779. Visit the fishing page at www.MCCDistrict.org for additional district ice fishing locations and current winter ice conditions.