Frozen fishing family fun: Families have fun on frozen pond

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

Frozen fun for the whole family was part the second annual Ice Fishing Festival in Joussard Alberta on Feb. 16.

“We had about 100 people this year,” says Meghan Payne, executive director of the Lesser Slave Watershed Council, which organized the event.
She says the event attracted 54 children, 45 adults and 18 volunteers.

Before and after ice fishing on Lesser Slave Lake, activities were also held at Joussard Community Hall.

“Last year we had about 80 people and about 45 of them went out and tried fishing,” Payne says.

“Because of the cold weather last year we had more people taking advantage of the activities in the hall.”

The event was held in conjunction with Alberta’s Free Family Fishing Weekend as part of Family Day.

“I think this brought people out to our event who wouldn’t normally buy fishing licenses and go out regularly,” Payne says.

“I spoke to a woman from Sucker Creek who came out with her family to try ice fishing for the first time as well as a family who travelled from Grande Prairie to enjoy the day with us.

“I heard a lot of positive comments about the event and received many thanks from the kids at the end of the day.”

Other people came from as far away as Hythe and Fort St. John.
About four fish were caught for keeps, Payne says.

Organizers thank the 17 volunteers who helped make the day a big success, she says.

“We look forward to planning another event for February 2020,” Payne says.

Joussard Community Association, Tolko, Big Lakes County, High Prairie and District Children’s Resource Council, Alberta Conservation Association, Peavey Mart, Glamour and Gear, Peavine Inn, DeSIGNS by Tam and BW Rentals also supported the event.

Family Day fishing fun

Young girls go ice fishing with their grandparents. Left-right, are Suzanne Morrison, Abby Winder, 6, Emma Winder, 8, and Dale McGrath, of Swan Hills.
Children learn how to ice fish in a presentation by Lesser Slave Watershed Council vice-chair Tammy Kaleta, front left. She holds a lingcod fish.
Photos courtesy the South Peace News

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