Snow, chill can't keep anglers away from Antioch fishing derby

  • Dan Culen of Woodridge sets his tip-up Sunday during the 58th Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival in Antioch. Fisherman braved the snow and cold to compete for prizes during what's considered the longest continually run winter event in Illinois.

    Dan Culen of Woodridge sets his tip-up Sunday during the 58th Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival in Antioch. Fisherman braved the snow and cold to compete for prizes during what's considered the longest continually run winter event in Illinois. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Joe Selby of Romeoville, left, sits in the cold and fishes Sunday during the 58th Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival on Channel Lake in Antioch. The event benefits the Northern Illinois Conservation Club.

    Joe Selby of Romeoville, left, sits in the cold and fishes Sunday during the 58th Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival on Channel Lake in Antioch. The event benefits the Northern Illinois Conservation Club. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer Mike Venet, left, measures a perch brought in by Devin Johnson, 11, and his friend Emma Davis, 10, both of Romeoville, during the 58th Chain O' Lakes Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival in Antioch on Sunday.

    Volunteer Mike Venet, left, measures a perch brought in by Devin Johnson, 11, and his friend Emma Davis, 10, both of Romeoville, during the 58th Chain O' Lakes Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival in Antioch on Sunday. Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 2/11/2018 7:13 PM

Hardy spectators joined three generations of fishermen Sunday on the west side of Channel Lake in Antioch for the 58th Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival.

The event is the chief fundraiser for the Northern Illinois Conservation Club, founded in 1960, which offers educational programs on various conservation, wildlife and preservation subjects at no charge to the public.

 

Headquartered during the weekend at the Thirsty Turtle Brew and View Pub, the derby is said to be the longest continuously run winter event in the Illinois.

Club founders were sportsmen and others concerned about the deterioration of the environment, ignorance of natural resources, lack of hunter safety and the need for education of hunters, fishermen, boaters and campers of all ages.

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