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AuTrain Lake fishing derby set for Feb. 13

MUNISING –The Munising Moose Lodge will host its 37th annual Fishing Derby on Saturday Feb. 13, on AuTrain Lake.

All derby activities, including the awards ceremony and meal that typically take place at the Moose Lodge in Munising, instead will be outdoors on the lake or at the boat house to adhere to coronavirus health safety precautions. Masks will be required to enter the boat house.

AuTrain Lake, located roughly 2 miles south of AuTrain, is an 830-acre lake that is home to perch, walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass. The sand and gravel-bottomed lake has a maximum depth of 30 feet, with an average of 12 feet.

The derby will be during Michigan’s free fishing weekend Feb. 13-14. No fishing license is required, but all fishing regulations will continue to be enforced.

Additional details for the event include:

— The fishing derby will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.

— Registration will be 6 to 10 a.m.

— Tickets are available only at the boat house across from LaValley’s and Whispering Pines Quilt Shop, next to Kleeman’s, on the day of the event; no advance sales.

— Tickets are $10 per person for adults (age 13 and older). Children 12 and younger can participate for free if accompanied by a registered adult.

— Perch and pike are the only two categories. Prizes for both categories: Adults get $150 for first place, $100 for second and $75 for third; children earn $75 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third. In addition, 10 kids’ prizes of $5 will be available, with a limit of one prize per child.

— Participants also will receive a 9-ounce pasty.

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