Families had the opportunity Saturday to learn how to ice fisher at Yellow Lake. Mark Brett/Western News

Young fishers on ice

Families had a chance to learn ice fishing at Yellow Lake

Ice fishing 101.

It was all about the tricks of the trade on a frozen surface as a large number of families took part in the annual Learn to Ice Fish event at Yellow Lake Saturday.

“We put these on because we just want to be able to expose kids and families to the sport of fishing and ice fishing is a great introductory fishery because you don’t have to learn to cast, it’s really simple,” said Jessica Yarwood of the BC Freshwater Fisheries Society one of the sponsoring agencies. “The lake is stocked by the Summerland Trout hatchery.

“For many of them we’re hearing that this is the first time they ever been fishing.”

That was exactly the case for Nathan Grant and his eight-year-old daughter Maryn.

“Her Brownie troupe told us about it and we checked the website out and that sounded like a fun thing to do on a Saturday,” said Nathan as Maryn waited patiently for a nibble.

The event was free and included fishing gear, bait and even hot dogs and hot chocolate.

A wide range of organizations from the surrounding communities and the province of BC contributed to making the day possible with over 30 volunteers lending a hand.

 

Young fishers cut a hole in the ice to try their luck. Mark Brett/Western News

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