Get into ice fishing

A new class at Briggs Woods Park will introduce attendees to ice fishing.

The “Ice Fishing 101” class will be held Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, and on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Instructor George Caggiano said the class will cover the methods, tactics and equipment knowledge needed to go ice fishing.

Caggiano, who said he has been ice fishing for over 40 years, said he will also cover the do’s and don’ts of ice fishing, including safety on the ice and from windchill.

The new class is being offered as part of the Legacy Learning Center at Briggs Woods Park. To register, contact Hamilton County Conservation at 832-9570.

Caggiano said he enjoys ice fishing because it gives him something to do outdoors during the winter. However, there are notable differences from open-water fishing to learn.

“The tackle is different, the bait is different, it’s just very different,” Caggiano said. “This class is an opportunity for someone to find out more about it and get some reflections from a guy who’s probably spent thousands of hours out on the ice.”

For every paid adult registration to the class, Caggiano said those adults are encouraged to bring a child between the ages of 10 and 16 along for free to spread interest in ice fishing.

Those attending can fish with Caggiano in the afternoon after the classes.