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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 18, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Northwest Ice Fishing Festival happening tomorrow

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The Northwest Ice Fishing Festival is Feb. 19 on Sidley Lake (3,700-foot elevation) east of Oroville and just south of the Canadian border.

The event is sponsored by the Oroville Chamber of Commerce and Molson Grange with the grand prize going to the two heaviest fish, plus top-three prizes in the adult and youth divisions. Fishing is allowed from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Other activities include arts and crafts, games, dog-sledding demonstrations by Rev. Gary Forgey, breakfast provided by the Molson Grange, and a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Sitzmark Ski Area.

Daily limit is two fish, and most are trout around 12 inches with some up to 4 pounds.

Registration is 7 a.m. at the Molson Grange Hall, and the derby is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $20 adults, and $14 for youth 14 and under. Details: 509-485-4002 or 509-476-2739 or go to the Eden Valley Ranch Web site.

Fish Lake north of Leavenworth is a popular place to go ice fishing for a mix of trout and perch. Banks Lake is an option for perch and walleye. Roses Lake near Lake Chelan is good for trout.

Ice fishing is fair at many Okanogan County lakes, including Palmer Lake north of Loomis, Rat Lake near Brewster, Green Lake near Omak, Davis Lake near Winthrop and Patterson Lake.

Other lakes to try are Little Twin, Fourth of July, Hatch, Williams and Hog Canyon.

Safety should be a priority when ice fishing, and it is good common sense to fish with a buddy. Usually about 8 inches of ice is safe to walk on. Stay away from places on lakes covered with snow and ice that was thawed and then refroze.

(Photo by The Associated Press)

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