La PORTE â€” TheÂ La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAIFC) National Championship Qualifier Friday through Sunday.
While the competitive portion of the qualifier takes place on Sunday, the NAIFC Qualifier kicks off with a Friday night seminar at Best Western Plus La Porte Hotel & Conference Center, 444 Pine Lake Ave., La Porte.
The seminar series opens with a 5Â to 7 p.m. with a demonstration of ice fishing basics covering everything from what knot to tie to the use of plastic baits. Then at 7 p.m. the technical/how-to information is taken up a notch by highlighting fishing techniques from across the Ice Belt as well as Aqua Vu underwater camera use and tournament tactics.
NAIFC Pro-staff, Team USA members along with pro-staff from major manufacturing will be the seminar speakers. The seminars are “free” to attend and are open to the public with drawings for Quicksilver Lubricants prizes for those in attendance.
On Saturday, local kids will take center stage during the Kids Ice Camp. All area kids and parents are welcome to the “Free” Kids Ice Camp sponsored by Ice Team and Lucky John Lures.
Starting indoors at 1 p.m. at Cummings Lodge, kids and parents learn about ice safety, bait, electronics, rods and jigging techniques. At 2 p.m. both the kids and parents are invited out onto the ice to experience in person what was demonstrated inside.
Every kid in attendance will receive a fishing rod from Lucky John Lures. Quicksilver Lubricants product prizes for adults will also be drawn.
La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Friends of Fishing proudly co-hosts the second annual Maple City Ice Fishing Classic on Saturday.
Registration starts at 5Â a.m. at Cummings Lodge, Grangemouth Drive located on Stone Lake in La Porte. Once registered, fishermen are free to begin fishing on Pine Lake. Return with your catch by noon.
Cash prizes will be awarded for first place by length inÂ six categories: Pike, Bass, Bluegill/Red Ear, Crappie, Perch and Walleye, plus all entries have a chance to win a $300 Bass Pro gift card that was donated by LPCCVB.
The trade show, seminar and Kids Ice Camp are offered free to the public. The tournament takes place Sunday with the weigh-in scheduled for 1 p.m. at Best Western Plus La Porte Hotel & Conference Center.
â€śThis event has a little something for everyone at every age. It is an awesome way for us to showcase La Porteâ€™s lakes and other destinations,â€ť saidÂ LPCCVB Sports DirectorÂ Rick Wright.