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Ice Fishing Clinic - the first ever on Squaw Creek
Midwest Region, February 12, 2011
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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, held its first ice fishing clinic in the history of the refuge at the Outdoor Classroom Fishing Pond. The pond was built approximately two years ago when there was a need for dirt fill for a construction project. Once the first half of the pond was built, a fishing dock was installed and stocking of fish began by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The pond was expanded last year and now is approximately two acres in size. The location of the pond is near the George L. Scheil Outdoor Classroom and makes it a perfect location for youth fishing events.

On February 12, Wildlife Refuge Specialist Corey Kudrna worked with Tory Mason, Fishery Biologist from the Missouri Department of Conservation to pull off this event. This pond is the only fishing pond in Holt County open to the public for fishing and adds another opportunity to add recreational opportunities for the general public and youth at Squaw Creek. Others assisting in the event were students from the Wildlife Society chapter from Missouri Western State University and Special Agent Jim Perrson.

A brief class was held at the Outdoor Classroom to instruct participants in how to ice fish and use of some of the equipment. A total of 37 participated and came from Maryville, Savannah, St. Joseph, Liberty, Mound City and several other locations. The weather was perfect with temperatures around freezing and minimal wind. The group had some success catching fish and had the opportunity to try and become familiar with all types of ice fishing equipment, ice augers, vexilar fish finders, tip-ups and portable ice shelters. At the close of the event, participants were treated to shore lunch of fish and fries cooked at the site. 

Contact Info: Ron Bell, 660/442-5754,extension 13, Ron_Bell@fws.gov
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