Looking to “lure in” area anglers, Washington County Conservation is hosting a free ice fishing tournament February 20th at Marr Park east of Washington.
Naturalist Megan Jorgensen says the event is open to all ages who have a valid fishing license and a trout stamp, “Which they can buy a one-day if they don’t want to buy a license for the entire year, then there’s the trout fee which is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requirement which helps with habitat improvement for trout and also stocking efforts the (Iowa) DNR does, so that is a requirement in addition to your fishing license and that allows them (anglers) to keep a daily limit of five trout.”
Jorgensen says participants must provide their own ice fishing equipment and prizes will be awarded for biggest fish reeled in. Pre-registration is preferred. For anglers looking to catch fish now, Jorgensen says the ice at the Marr Park pond is estimated at 10 to 12 inches thick in many locations.