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Andrews: Ice fishing derby is on

A fisherman tries his luck on the thick ice of Sidley Lake.

A fisherman tries his luck on the thick ice of Sidley Lake. Photo by Roger Harnack.

Schedule

10th Annual Northwest Ice Fishing Festival

February 15, 2014

7 a.m.–3 p.m.: Fishing Registration: Molson Grange Hall or office at Sidley Lake.

7-10 a.m.: Pancake Breakfast in Molson Grange Hall.

8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Fishing on Sidley Lake

8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Arts and crafts show in Molson Grange Hall

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Coffee, snacks and activities in Molson Grange Hall

12-3 p.m.: Dogsled demonstrations, weather permitting, Molson School yard

3-4 p.m.: Social hour in Molson Grange Hall

4 p.m.: Final time to weigh fish/derby ends.

3-4 p.m.: Social in the Grange Hall

3:30–6 p.m.: Awards Dinner by Sitzmark Ski Area Volunteers.

The annual ice fishing festival is on.

"Fishing is looking better at Sidley Lake this year and reports are folks are ice fishing and catching fish and the water quality is better," Oroville Chamber of Commerce President Clyde Andrews said Wednesday."

Registration for the fishing derby opens at 7 a.m. and the ice opens at 8 a.m.

"Fishing is looking better at Sidley Lake this year..."

  • Clyde Andrews

Andrews email announcement about the festival, which takes place Feb. 15, follows rumors of the event's demise.

Those rumors stem from unsuccessful fishing the past three years - no fish were caught.

"Seems rumors abound and it is time to dispel some of them," he said.

According to Andrews, Fletcher Mountain fisherman James Iler has fished the lake four times this winter and "limited" each time.

The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is organiziing the event and is being assisted by Robin Stice of Eden Valley Guest Ranch and Larry Smith of Oroville Senior Center.

Proceeds from the event help pay for the cost of maintenance and operation of the lake's aerator and the Oroville Visitor Center.

In addition to the fishing tournament, Mary Lou Kriner of Mary Lou's Gifts is organizing an arts and crafts fair inside Molson Grange.

Rev. Gary Forgey is also organizing a dog sled demonstration, snow permitting.

A pancake breakfast is planned in the grange hall from 7-10 a.m.

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