Ice fishing day at Walloper Lake on Jan. 28

The 2015 ice fishing event at Walloper Lake attracted many families.


The annual family ice fishing day, organized by the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association and Kamloops Fly Fishers Association, is returning to Walloper Lake on Sunday, Jan. 28.

The event sees fish and game members teach all how to ice fish during the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. event.

Those with ice-fishing bait and tackle are asked to bring it to the lake, but there will be bait and tackle  available for use for newcomers the activity.

Fish and game association members will also be on hand to serve a lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, donuts, hot chocolate and coffee, which can be enjoyed around a roaring fire.

The event is free to attend, but donations are accepted. Last year, about 400 people attended and organizers would like to have an estimate of the number of attendees expected this year, so registration is encouraged by calling fish and game association member Mo Bradley at 778-470-8372.

Bradley said Walloper Lake is covered by at least a foot of ice and the plan is to run snowmobiles over it the day before the event in order to pack down and freeze any water on top of the ice and snow.

Walloper Lake is home to rainbow trout. The lake is located 35 kilometres south of Kamloops and can be found by taking Exit 336 on the Coquihalla Highway.

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