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