Ice fishing derby a chance to reel in prizes and dinner – Chicago Tribune

Leonard Dane enjoys seeing three generations of dangling poles out on the Chain O’ Lakes each February when the Northern Illinois Conservation Club holds its annual ice fishing derby and winter festival in Antioch.

Grandfather, fathers and grandsons come out to fish, said Dane, the club’s president. “It brings families together and provides fun.”

The derby, in its 57th year, is the group’s major fundraiser. When it’s thick enough, people can fish on the ice. If not, they can fish from the shoreline.

It’s a fun, simple concept. Fishermen purchase a raffle ticket for $3 every time they catch a fish and want it entered in the derby. Small prizes are given out every hour in 10 categories of fish for the largest and the smallest.

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