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Ice fishing derby to raise money for Wonder Lake conservation

WONDER LAKE – The annual ice fishing derby that raises money for lake conservation will take place this Sunday.

The event, which is hosted by the Wonder Lake Sportsmans Club, will run from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the west side of the lake near Wonder Woods Beach No. 4.

Early registration is available at Smitty's Bait and Tackle, 6507 McCullom Lake Road.

Same-day registration will be available at the derby location and Sunrise Bait and Grocery, 5313 E. Wonder Lake Road. Bait will be available there and at Smitty's Bait and Tackle, which opens at 4 a.m. the day of the derby.

The cost to participate is $10, and kids 12 years old and younger are free. Participants are asked to bring a live-well bucket because the derby is a catch and release event.

Winners will be selected based on the length of the fish with different prizes based on the type of fish. Each categories first place winner will be placed in a drawing for the grand prize.

If weather prevents the derby from happening, the back-up date is Feb. 9.

For more information, contact Marty James at (815) 790-0832 or Tony Musel at (815) 653-3109.

- Northwest Herald

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