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Fowler Center's annual fishing contest is Feb. 15
Mon, 10 Feb 2020 11:13:26 EST
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The Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning at 2315 Harmon Lake Road, Mayville, will host its 25th annual ice-fishing contest Saturday Feb. 15.
The contest is during Michigan's Free Fishing weekend which is on Saturday and Sunday Feb. 15 and 16.
As part of the contest, 15 tagged rainbow fish and 10 tagged pike are released along with the grand-prize fish that is worth $25,000.
And, there are prizes for the youngest fisherman to catch a fish, the oldest fisherman, the longest pike, etc., as well as raffles throughout the day.
However, those under 18 years of age are not eligible to win the grand prize, but can win the other prizes.
Per contest rules, the fish has to be released by and/or in the presence of a law enforcement officer. This year Tuscola County Sheriff Glen Skrent participated in the releases.
The event is broken up into two sessions. The morning one is from 7:30 to 11 a.m. There is a break for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There will be a chicken dinner available at the center for $10 per person.
The afternoon session is from 1 to 5:30 p.m.
At the event, only the first five tagged fish caught and presented to the tournament director will be able to open the corresponding envelope to see if they have caught the winning fish.
The cost to participate is $40. Pre-registration is necessary and done by going to thefowlercenter.org. The deadline to register is 5 p.m., Feb. 12. The contest is open to a maximum of 500 anglers.
A fishing license is not needed because the event coincides with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Free Fishing weekend which is Feb. 15 and 16.
For more information, call 989-673-2050 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harmon Lake are covers 30 acres and is 30 feet deep, and the camp covers more than 200 acres.
The Fowler Center has offered year-round outdoor and camping experiences for children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs since 1957. The center provides traditional camp activities that are all handicap accessible. A few of the activities the camp offers include are equestrian, waterfront, outdoor education, creative arts, sports, fishing, recreation, challenge education, and gardening.