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Frosty Fishing Fair 
to feature tips, tricks

CARY – The McHenry County Conservation District’s first Frosty Fishing Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 5 at The Hollows Conservation Area, Lake Atwood, 3804 Route 14.

Local fishing experts will reveal the tips and tricks of ice fishing through free instruction and live demonstrations.

“Ice fishing is a fun way to get outside,” Mary Kozub, event coordinator, said in a news release. “You can take the whole family and it’s an inexpensive activity. On a nice winter day with a reflective sun, it can be quite pleasant.”

This event is perfect for beginners or expert ice anglers. Participants will have the chance to visit with vendors and representatives of local fishing clubs such as Trout Unlimited and Crystal Lake Anglers, and learn about ice fishing safety, equipment and techniques.

Children also will enjoy ongoing games and activities or roasting marshmallows.

A live DJ will play music and announce prizes. Food and hot beverages will be available to purchase.

On the day of the event, if there is open water, participants will fish from shore.

Participants should be sure to bundle up and pack their gear for an afternoon of ice fishing. They may drop in any time.

No registration is required.

Participants ages 16 and older need a fishing license and inland water trout stamp to fish.

For information, call 815-459-5779.

Visit the fishing page at for additional district ice fishing locations and current winter ice conditions.


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