Published February 5, 2014
Fish-O-Ree draws a crowd
By Linda Shepard email@example.com
ROCHSTER HILLS — Despite heavy falling snow that changed from flakes into rain by the hour, several hundred young scouts tried their hands at ice fishing Feb. 1 at Thelma Spencer park.
Cub Scouts Peter and Thomas Schoenherr, from Pack 92 in Shelby Township, attended their first Fish-O-Ree event and left without fish. But both boys said they enjoyed the outing.
“I ate hot dogs and chips, and saw the fire and ice rescue,” Peter Schoenherr, 7, said. “It was fun.”
“There were a ton of kids,” mom Diane Schoenherr said. “It was pretty amazing. We would come again.”
Ken Martin, Boy Scout Troop 84 leader from Richmond, said the ice was approximately 12 inches thick on the park’s Fred Carter Lake for Fish-O-Ree. He brought several members of his Boy Scouts troop to drill fishing holes in the ice early in the day.
“We drilled about 125 holes and showed (the cub scouts) how to fish,” Martin said. “We started about 8 a.m. The fishing was pretty good, the weather helped.” The event is held no matter what the weather is, and is organized by Boy Scouts of America Michigan Crossroads Council. Prizes are awarded for most fish, smallest fish, largest fish caught and the most creative pack banner.
Martin said he has attended Fish-O-Ree for the past five years. Only once in that time has the ice been too thin for ice fishing.
“Last year, it was about 6 inches thick,” he said.
“It’s a lot of fun to see the kids catch a fish,” he said. “When they pull it out of the hole, they may have to touch it.”
Currently, Fred Carter Lake at Thelma Spencer Park is open to all for winter activities, including ice fishing and ice skating.
Daily Spencer Park permits are $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents.
The 113-acre park is located east of John R, north of South Boulevard. Hiking and cross country skiing are permitted on non-groomed trails.
For the most up-to-date ice conditions, call (248) 656-4657.