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Winter arrives for ice fishing derby

Tom Enbody caught the biggest pike last weekend at 40-1/8 inches and 19.02 pounds.

Tom Enbody caught the biggest pike last weekend at 40-1/8 inches and 19.02 pounds.

Winter showed up just in time for the 32nd annual ice fishing derby in Spencer Township last weekend. But the winter storm may have kept some people away.

The Land of Lakes Association holds the event each February at eight area lakes—Maston, Little Muskelunge, Blue, Black, Friant, Cedar, Little Lincoln, and Lincoln Lake.

“We had 151 people signed up to fish, which is down over 100 from previous years, possibly due to poor weather conditions,” said former activities director Pam Bradfield. Nike Nienhuis is the new activities director.

The winners are:

Pike: Tom Enbody caught one at 40-1/8 inches and 19.02 pounds.

Bluegill: Lee Enbody at 9-3/8 inches.

Speck: Josh Morrison at 13-3/8 inches.

Perch: Ben Hoofman at 10-1/4 inches.

The smallest fish caught was a three-inch bluegill by Riley Eastman. The elusive bluegill got away again this year.

Mary Bolton won the grand prize fishing shanty from Tows Country Store.

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