Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ultimate Ice Fishing Derby/Workshop!

Otter Creek Preserve Ice Fishing Day 2012!
"Illinois Best Multi-Species Fishing Lakes!"
Ice Fishing Workshop and Derby
January 21, 9 am - 5 pm
Must Pre-register by Jan 16th, limited to 200 guests.
Click Here to Register.

Finally, here are the details for an amazing opportunity to ice fish at world famous Otter Creek Preserve! Otter Creek is a private 682 world class hunting and fishing property and is perhaps the best fishing in all of Illinois.

Here is a short, cheesy, but fun video Chef Todd and I put together about the event:

So you must pre-register and then on the day of the 21st we will start signing in at 8 am at the Main Lodge. Then at 9 am we will have a short introduction. By 9:30 am we will head out to the lakes and start fishing! At 10 am we have hands on demonstrations at each lake that you can attend if desired. Noon is a gourmet lunch prepared by Chef Todd and his crew. (definitely a highlight). Then one more optional workshop about using electronics for those who want to learn and back to fishing where we will have guides and prostaffers to help anyone and everyone. About 5 pm we will have the final weigh-in for all the crappies and will award the prizes!

8 am- Registration
9 am- Introduction and Orientation at Main Lodge
10 am- Walleye and Muskie Techniques on Prestigious Canadian Lake
10 am- Introduction to Ice Fishing on World Famous VIP Lake
10 am- Catchin Suspended Crappies over the Flooded Timber at Big Lake
Noon- Lunch at Main Lodge
1 pm- Ice Fishing Electronics 101- Big Lake
1 pm- Open Fishing World Famous VIP Lake (Guides on Staff if Desired)
1 pm- Open Fishing Prestigious Canadian Lake (Guides on Staff if Desired)
1 pm- Open Fishing Big Lake (Guides on Staff if Desired)
5 pm- Big Crappie Weigh In, Shoot the Breeze in Main Lodge.

Here are more details:

Main Lodge Overlooking the Big lake is heated and comfortably seats 200. Chef Todd Kent and his staff have a world class lunch and snacks prepared! All Food, Sodas, Hot Chocolate, Coffee and even Bait is provided and will be available all day long in the Lodge. Bring your own ice fishing gear. Rods and Reels and Vexilars are not provided, but Contact Nate in advance if you need anything. We will have plenty of Augers and Jigs and Bait on hand for the event!

$110 per adult
$50 per child less than 16 yrs
Group rates apply for parties greater than 8, high school fishing teams, fishing clubs, bunch of friends coming together, etc. contact Nate for details. Any topic for small group workshops can be accommodated if desired!

From the basic intro for first time ice fisherman and fisherwomen to in depth technology and technique for experienced anglers, this Otter Creek ice fishing workshop has something for everyone! Professional guides and prostaffers from across the midwest will be on staff at each lake to make sure your ice fishing experience is first class and educational! No better
opportunity to get started ice fishing or to come and enjoy fishing some world class lakes.

Otter Creek Preserve is a private property created with Herman Brothers Lake and Land Management to be the best recreational fishing in the entire state of Illinois! The VIP lake boasts lots of large 1 lb+ bluegills, the Canadian Lake features schools of large walleye, muskie, and smallmouth bass, and the Big Lake is a monster crappie factory that also showcases 13 other species of trophy fish!

While out on all three of the lakes, we will be keeping all crappie caught as part of our management plan for 2012. You can take them home for dinner or put them in designated fish baskets for others. Right now we have a huge surplus of 10-12 inch crappies and we need help thinning them down.

At the crappie weigh in at the end of the day, The person with the most crappie caught wins $200 gift certificate to Presleys Outdoors! The person with the biggest crappie of the day wins $200 gift certificate to Bass Pro Shops and the person with the smallest crappie of the day wins an all inclusive guided ice fishing trip for 2 with Nate Herman and Chef Todd!

These fishing lakes are intensively managed and fish quotas for certain sizes and species are inventoried and tracked annually. There will be additional fish species and sizes to be harvested, but they wont be determined until the day of the event.

Many hunting and fishing shows featured on the outdoor channels have been filmed at Otter Creek, and now here is your chance to come and fish these same private waters with some of the best ice fisherman in the industry. An awesome opportunity like this does not come along very often!

Hope to see you all out at Otter on Saturday, January 21st! Food, Fun, Fishing, and Fellowship. Get the gang together and come on out. I am excited for this, if your an ice fisherman you better be there. If you've never ice fished before or just learning, come on out and I will teach you a few tricks of the trade!

Click Here: Otter Registration to Register Online or for more information/pictures.

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  1. Awesome! I'm organizing my tungsten jigs and praying for some cold temps. TJ

  2. Whoa! That must've been an awesome event for fishing enthusiasts. There is a chance to catch fish of different species. I'd love to join an event like this!

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