Women Ice Angler Project on the Move in Minnesota’s Otter Tail Lakes Country
(Otter Tail County, Minn.) November 8, 2017 –
The Women Ice Angler Project will be on the move in 2018-literally. The fourth year of Women on Ice will focus on moving from lake-to-lake in Otter Tail Lakes Country (Otter Tail County, Minnesota) highlighting the ease of mobility and moving from spot to spot. Otter Tail Lakes Country Association (OTLCA)(http://www.
The unique county boasts more than 1,000 lakes inside its borders. Communities include Perham, Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids to name a few. The largest lakes include Otter Tail, Dead Lake, Rush Lake, Big Pine Lake and Pelican. The hunt will be for generous-sized panfish including sunfish, bluegills and crappies as well as nice eater-size walleyes. “The ladies might not catch a personal best walleye here, but they have a chance at landing some trophy-sized panfish. This is a panfish paradise,” said Erik Osberg, Rural Rebound Initiative Coordinator for Otter Tail County.
Several media/video partners will follow the team on the ice for video production and shows including Larry Smith Outdoors, GrassFed and Outdoors First Media.
“We’ve seen our media coverage grow, and we enjoy interacting within the communities when we arrive onsite,” said founder of WI Women Fish and the Women Ice Angler Project Barb Carey. “While it isn’t a done deal yet, we have a huge media partner finalizing their plans to follow us as well. This initiative to showcase and empower women to ice fish has really gained momentum.”
A community-wide meet-and-greet is in the planning stages and will include helpful tips on preparing fish.
In addition to Carey, the following ladies will fish this year: pro-staff anglers Shelly Holland, Bonnie Timm, Shantel Wittstruck and Rikki Pardun; outdoor photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson and outdoor writer Kristine (K.J.) Houtman. One more team member will be announced shortly as well.
The goal of the Women Ice Angler Project is to encourage women to try ice fishing as well as mentor those who already enjoy it and want to improve their skills. An additional plus has been moving the industry forward to show women ice anglers in corporate marketing efforts and social media. “We don’t underestimate the skill level of women ice anglers,” Barb Carey said. “Sure, we’re happy to introduce some new participants, but there are many women who want to grow in their skills and our powerful group of gals can help them do just that.”
Award-winning outdoor photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson is a big part of the success of WIAP. “The colder it is, the happier I am,” Hudson said about her photography. “The light is incredible when it’s really cold and I love it.” WIAP photos can be found in retail stores, on product packaging, in corporate catalogs as well as throughout tourism and ice-fishing social media.
“Our sponsors are totally behind the message women can and do enjoy this great sport,” Carey concluded. The Women Ice Angler Project sponsors include Clam Outdoors, Outdoor First Media, Larry Smith Outdoors, The Great Wild Radio Show, Fish On Kids Books, StonehousePhoto, WI Women Fish, East Silent Lake Resort of Dent, Minn. and Otter Tail Lakes Country Association.
For women interested in joining group trips year round, WI Women Fish organizes trips for women anglers of all levels – check out their information here: WI Women Fish. Membership is open to all women regardless of state of residence.