WAYNE – An event that will be fun for the whole family is scheduled for this weekend at IKE’s Lake.
According to a release from the Wayne Chapter of Izaak Walton League, the Youth Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday, June 12 with prizes being awarded in three different categories. A rain date is set for the following day on Sunday, June 13 at 1 p.m. This event is free to everyone as you do not need to be a member to participate.
Scott Brummond is the current treasurer and membership chairman for the Izaak Walton League, Wayne Chapter. He said there is about 5-6 acres of a lake for fishing that offers a pretty good selection of fish.
“We have a good population of perch in there now and bluegill,” Brummond added. “Then the remainder of the lake has some really nice bass, bluegill and we recently just put in some crappie.”
A berm was built across one portion of the lake and was dug deeper to split the lake into two ponds. There is currently a catch-and-release on the fish besides the bluegill which you can keep five per person but the catch-and-release on the perch in the north lake could be lifted this fall.
Free registration will open Saturday from 9 – 9:30 a.m. while the fishing derby will last from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Fish will be tallied between 11 – 11:30 a.m. and prizes awarded after 11:30 a.m.
Age categories for prizes include 2 – 6; 7-10 and 11-16.
Brummond added the group decided to not solicit for donations from businesses as they’ll be using chapter funds to purchase the prizes.
“Just due to COVID and some of the tough times that we’ve had over the last year and a half,” Brummond added. “We do appreciate the businesses over the years have been tremendous at supporting this event. So, we wanted to give them a year off.”
The National IKE’s Mission Statement reads: To conserve, maintain, protect and restore the soil, forest, water and other natural resources of the United States and other lands; to promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to such resources and their enjoyment and wholesome utilization.
Fishing, bird watching, picnicking and more including just getting outdoors are all things you can do at IKE’s Lake.
“I guess my sales pitch for Izaak Walton League out there and the lake is if you’re kids are bored, in 10 minutes you can get a dozen night crawlers and be out fishing and having fun,” Brummond added. “We have playground equipment out there. So, there’s things to do for anybody.”
To get to IKE’s lake, take HWY 15 four miles north of the 7th and Main intersection in Wayne; turn west and go two miles and then turn north for 0.5 miles as the entrance will be on the right side of the road.
Memberships are sold at Ace Hardware & Home as cost is $60 for a one-year family membership.
Contact Brummond at 402-375-0747; chapter president Erin Eilers at 402-375-2359 or active member Mark Hammer at 402-375-4768 for more information.
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