Hale Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament participants gathered outside the warming tent to receive awards after a full day of ice fishing on West and East Londo Lakes on Saturday, Feb. 13.

HALE – Early on Saturday morning, snow covered West and East Londo Lakes in preparation for the annual Hale Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament. 


New Haven resident Ken McDonald catches a 29-1/2 inch pike on Saturday, Feb. 13. McDonald received first place in two tournament categories including biggest pike and biggest pan fish. His pan fish measured in at 10-7/8 inches.

The tournament typically takes place during the third weekend in January, but due to COVID-19 restrictions and environmental circumstances, organizers chose to move the tournament to Feb. 13. 


Hale resident Bryson Hendrickson, 6, receives a myriad of prizes from his catches while ice fishing on Feb. 13. Hendrickson received second place with a 7 inch pan fish and eighth place for a 23-3/4 inch pike. He also received a certificate for participating.

Participants came from all over Michigan to participate in the annual event. According to organizers, in normal circumstances there are typically 100 participants, this year Organizer Rick Weaver estimates there were around 60 participants.


Bay City resident Paul Jezak receives first place in the perch category after catching a 11-1/2  inch perch at the Hale Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Due to the generous amount of sponsors, organizers said they were able to give away prizes to even more participants this year.  Sponsors for the fishing contest included Scofield Real Estate, Franks Great Outdoors, Whitetails Unlimited, Bakers Outdoor Sports and Hale Hardware. 


Siblings Logan and Tristianna Wade both catch a pike while ice fishing on Saturday, Feb. 13. Logan’s fish measured in a 25-1/4 inches, while Tristianna’s was 24-3/4 inches long. Pictured left to right are Brooke Sheldon, Logan, Tristianna and Callie Hicks.

Prizes were awarded for the first place finishers in the adult age group and for first through 12th place anglers in the 13 or younger group. Awards were based on who caught the largest pike, perch and pan fish. Each child also received a certificate for participation. 


St. Charles resident Owen Martin catches a 24-1/2 inch pike on at the Hale Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament on Feb. 13.

The fishing finalists in the children’s group are listed as follows: 

Pike: Kyran Johnson, 26-1/2 inches; Silas Patten, 25-1/2 inches; Logan Wade and Landon Johnson tied for third place with 25-1/4 inches; Ella Spiece, 24-7/8 inches; Tristianna Wade, 24-3/4 inches; Mason Schacherneyer and Blair Finnell tied for sixth place with 24-1/4 inches; Brady Sheldon, 24 inches; Bryson Hendrickson, 23-3/4 inches; Ethan Ahearne, 23 inches; Mia Shimkus, 22-1/4 inches; Anella Barclay, 21 7/8 inches who wasn’t present to collect her award and Evelin Spiece, 21 3/4 inches. 

Pan fish: Brady Sheldon 9-1/4 inches; Wes Shimkus and Bryson Hendrickson tied for second place with 7 inches. 

Perch: Mia Shimkus 9 inches; Sam Patten 8-1/2 inches and Wes Shimkus 6 inches 

Champions from the adult age group are as follows: 

Pike: Ken McDonald, 29-1/2 inches

Pan fish: Ken McDonald, 10-7/8 inches 

Perch: Paul Jezak, 11-1/2 inches


Nine-year-old boys Brady Sheldon and Ethan Ahearne of Hale each catch a Northern Pike on Saturday, Feb. 13 during the annual Hale Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament.


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