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.

Find details on the ice fishing tournament by clicking here.