NPAA and FAF Support Scout Ice Fishing at Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta, Burlington, WI

Forestville, WI: Dryer Lakein Kenosha County, WI came alive on Saturday February 3, 2018 when over 44 Boyand Cub Scouts, 8 scout siblings and 29 parents from the Northeast IllinoisCouncil, were educated on the fine science and art of ice fishing by MikeMcNett and members of the USA Ice Team. They were joined by Steve Klubertanz,BSA Certified Angling Instructor (NPAA #1014) and Robert “Nick” Schmal,Executive Director, Future Angler Foundation (NPAA #123) and BSA AnglingEducator.

Before hitting the ice, the scouts and family members were treated to hot chocolate at the Main Lodge at Scout Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta, then given a safety briefing on hypothermia, ice thickness, and behavior while on the lake ice. Each scout was given a NPAA Future Pro t-shirt and a Wildlife Forever State Fish Art brochure. There was a morning and afternoon session with each lasting about 2 ½ hours. Hot chocolate, hot dogs, and cookies were provided to all participants.

When on the lake, all weretaught how to use ice fishing combos, including how to tip the lures with livebait. USA Ice Team staff also showed scouts and parents how to use electronicsand underwater cameras. Many of the young anglers caught fish includingnorthern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, red ear sunfish, and yellow perch.One large black crappie was also landed. Staff also explained how to rigstandard tip-ups with live minnows for larger fish species.

It was a cold, windy, and overcast day but all enjoyed the experience. At the close of each session, the NPAA and Future Angler Foundation treated each angler with brand new ice fishing rod/reel combo to take home and try their luck on the next fishing trip.