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Women’s ice fishing clinic held at Lake Mary Ronan

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LAKE MARY RONAN — There were plenty of fish tales made this past Saturday as a group of about two dozen adventurous lady anglers spent all day out on the ice of frozen Lake Mary Ronan learning more about the art of ice fishing.

Hosted by Artemis and the Montana Wildlife Federation, the one-day Montana Women’s Ice Fishing Clinic served as a learning experience for both experienced and inexperienced anglers, and as a teaching event to help women feel confident out on the ice.

“We had a whole lot of different skill levels come out today,” said Morgan Marks, clinic organizer from the Montana Wildlife Federation. “Some ladies here today are very experienced anglers, while others have literally never fished a day in their lives.”

Saturday’s on-ice activities began with a small instructional class covering topics like ice safety, jigging techniques, working with electronics, using mapping to help find fish, and using tip-ups and tip-downs.

“Being out here has been cold but fun,” said Saige Jibben, a participant during Saturday’s outing who was out on the ice and fishing for the first time ever.

According to organizers, the clinic was also held with the intention of creating an opportunity to grow a community of women ice fishers that would provide a positive and encouraging learning environment with women helping each other learn and grow.

“Everyone was helping each other out, supporting each other, cheering each other on and meeting new friends,” noted Marks. “Today definitely was a successful event. We hope to make this an annual event.”

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