Horse Lake First Nation is hosting a family ice fishing derby event as they hope to provide financial and material donations in support of the Spring Lake Ski Hill Association.

Sheena Horseman is part of the event planning committee and is eager to see how the event unfolds.

“At the moment we are just gathering sponsors and trying to raise awareness for the Ice Fishing Derby. This is the first time we have held an event like this and it will be held at Spring Lake by Hythe.

Horseman says they’ve held similar events like this before in Horse Lake First Nation, but this is the first she’s been attending.

“I’m an avid fisherman, and it’s something I love to do, and it’s very important in our family. It means a lot to be invited to work with everyone on the Ice Fishing Derby this year.

The fish that people can catch in Spring Lake are rainbow trout and brook trout.

“There is good fishing at Spring Lake. It’s not a huge place to fish, but it’s a lake that all of our families have fished in over the years,” she says.

As part of the planning for the event, they are looking for volunteers to help make it a success.

“We are definitely looking for help at this point. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact me by email. We will be happy to accept anyone interested in helping us and we appreciate people thinking of us,” she says.

The event takes place on February 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are free for children 12 and under, with adult admission. The largest fish in length for each age group wins a prize. A fishing license is not required.