Poor ice conditions force fisheree cancellation

Poor ice conditions force fisheree cancellation

For the first time in 54 years, the Stoughton Conservation Club is being forced to cancel its ice fisheree and bounty hunt.

Warm weather and rain has created safety concerns on Lake Kegonsa, where the event is held, prompting organizers to cancel the fishing portion of the event.

“There’s anglers that have drilled holes, and those holes have expanded up to 20 inches,” conservation club member Karen Rupp said. “You get a small person or kid that walks across that, they’re going to go down under, and just for safety reasons we don’t want anybody hurt.”

The club is still encouraging people to attend the raffle at Springers restaurant from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday. The proceeds from the event go toward putting fish back into Lake Kegonsa and funding youth programs.