The Weyburn Wildlife Federation will host the Walleye Cup Fishing Derby this Saturday, January 6th at Nickle Lake.

"Registration will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm. Fishing will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Hope you make it out and hopefully the weather holds out for us," said Troy  Kincaid with the WWF.

He said this year they'll hold the event by the pump house.

"So instead of turning into actual Nickle Lake, you'll just keep going south instead of turning down the blacktop there," he shared. "Head down the gravel, and basically you'll see the signs for the ice shack."

With this year's ice conditions being less than usual, Kincaid pointed out, they are asking participants to walk onto the ice. 

"We'll have it somewhat close to the shoreline, and we will have a side-by-side or even one or two trucks shuttling equipment or gear out there for people."

Hard-wall shacks won't be allowed, but fishers can bring their own portable flip-over style shelters, hub shacks, or tents. Shelters will not be provided.

"We don't allow the hard-wall shacks, just because it gets too congested, and actually there's the possibility of cheating and stuff like that too," he explained. "We will drill holes for people. You can bring your own auger, too, if you want to drill your own hole inside your shack, but if you don't have any of that stuff and you just have a rod and a license come out, we'll drill your hole, and you can try and win some money."

Electronics, however, are welcome, such as flashers, and cameras with live imaging.

The cost of entry is $30 for one hole or $50 for two holes.

"With ice fishing, you can actually have two lines, so it's not like summer fishing, where you can just have one," he added. "It's a little bit of an advantage, and if you want to pay a little extra money, you get a little bit more chance of catching more fish."

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