By Cynthia Germain
Ice fishing in the waters of Washington Island gets competitive in February, keeping an over forty year tradition with the island’s annual fish derby. Ice fishing is a popular winter sport in the lakes and Washington Island boasts a unique experience for locals and visitors with a week-long competition with prizes for top weight fishes. Jeff Heal of the supporting Lions Club says that this is a fun event that begins on February 10th with daily weigh-ins leading up to the announcement of winners at a lunch banquet on February 18th.
There is a small entrance fee for this opportunity to catch the local fish such as northern pike and perch all around the island. Washington Island has places to eat and stay for the week and the ferry, which normally runs twice a day at this time of year, will have a later ferry on the 18th to bring visitors back to the mainland after the festivities.