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An 'ice' time for kids

Mother Mountain Anglers' 4th Annual Kids Ice Fishing Clinic is this weekend


January 8, 2020

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Saratoga Sun file photo Steve Grende snaps a photo of his daughters catch during last year's clinic.

While the 37th Annual Ice Fishing Derby is still a week away, another ice-bound event will be taking place this weekend. For the past three years, Mother Mountain Anglers (MMA), an Encampment-based non-profit, has been holding an ice fishing clinic aimed at young anglers. This weekend will mark the fourth year that the clinic has taken place.

The intention of the clinic is to not only teach children to ice fish, but also to educate on the importance of ice safety, how to set up an ice rod, how to handle a fish and fish biology. While pre-registration is required, the clinic, intended for children between the ages of 6 and 12, is free. 

The ice fishing clinic will again take place on Treasure Island Pond at Silver Spur Ranch. Parents are encouraged to properly outfit children with snow clothes and gloves as well as water and snacks as they will be on the ice for a few hours.

According to MMA member Shannon Fagan-Craig, the most recent measurement of the ice on Treasure Island Pond puts it between eight and 11 inches in thickness. This thickness provides a certain amount of safety for learning ice anglers, but those on the ice should always be aware of thin ice.

The clinic will begin at 9 a.m. on January 11. For more information, contact Josh Craig at 307-710-3074 or Shannon Fagan-Craig at 307-710-2626.


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