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Ice Fish­ing in Lake County

The snow is on the ground, the weath­er is below freez­ing and there’s ice over the lakes of Lake Coun­ty. So how in the heck do you get through these non-boat­ing sea­sons in Lake Coun­ty? It’s about that time to grab your tack­le, rod and tons of bait for some ice fish­ing.

There are a col­lec­tion of ice der­bies start­ing this week­end in Lake Coun­ty. How­ev­er, before you start head­ing to your shanties and get the heat up the pans to pre­pare for a suc­cu­lent north­ern, bass, crap­pie, bluegill or perch, the North­ern Illi­nois Boat Show & Sale at the Lake Coun­ty Fair­grounds is rapid­ly approach­ing. The event will take place March 3 – 6.

As for fish­ing der­bies, here’s what Lake Coun­ty has for you anglers. You’ll have a reel good experience.

LVVA 7th Annu­al Fish­ing Der­by
Jan­u­ary 30; 7 a.m. in Wauconda

Win the catch of the day at this fish­ing der­by in Lake View Vil­la Park. Bun­dle up and pack your tackle,The LVVA 7th Annu­al Fish­ing Der­by bait and rod. Join your fel­low anglers at the LVVA Sev­enth Annu­al Fish­ing Der­by in Wau­con­da. Entry forms can be down­loaded to stream­line the reg­is­tra­tion process before arriv­ing. Reg­is­tra­tion begins at 5 a.m. and the fish­ing starts at 7 a.m. Prizes will be award­ed to the fish­er with the largest north­ern, bass crap­pie, bluegill and perch. There will also be side raf­fles for addi­tion­al prizes. Dur­ing the Star Ban­gled Ban­ner, a spe­cial fly over by a North Amer­i­can T-6 will make a spe­cial fly­over appear­ance. Smitty’s Bait & Tack­le will have bait avail­able. If the ice is bad, the make-up date is set for Feb­ru­ary 13.

Walk on Water Ice Fish­ing Der­by @ Lindy’s
Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 7

Bring the fam­i­ly out for this great event. In prepa­ra­tion for the 12th Annu­al Walk on Water Tour­na­ment we want­ed to post some reminders on Park­ing and Der­by Rules and Gen­er­al House Keep­ing. Park­ing is avail­able at Lindy’s, Homer T. Cook Park, and Slice. No Trail­er Park­ing at Lindy’s. Homer Cook is the pri­ma­ry launch loca­tion for par­tic­i­pants with trail­ers and machines. Please vis­it the web­site for more information.

56th Annu­al Chain O’ Lakes Fish­ing Der­by and Win­ter Fes­ti­val
Sat­ur­day-Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 13 – 14; Satu 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Chain O’Lakes Fish­ing Der­by and Win­ter Fes­ti­val is just good olé’ fash­ioned win­ter fun. There will be raf­fles and games for the chil­dren and adults both days. Weath­er per­mit­ting. This year fish judg­ing and food will be inside the tent. Come watch the fish­er­men reg­is­ter their catch of the hour hop­ing to win a prize for the small­est or the largest fish. When you get hun­gry there’s plen­ty of good food at the Con­ser­va­tion Café. Don’t for­get the children’s auc­tion held on Sun­day at 3:00pm. The adult auc­tion is next fol­lowed by the main raf­fle. There will also be Ice Shan­ty Contest.

Ice Fish­ing Through­out Winter

There are a few places around Lake Coun­ty where you can fish until April. Here are Lake Coun­ty For­est Pre­serves and oth­er areas that per­mit ice fishing.

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