SUTHERLAND, Iowa — Seasons Center for Behavioral Health and Camp Autumn are hosting an Ice Fishing Tournament & Fundraiser at Camp Autumn 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, Feb. 15, near Sutherland.
This is a donation entry event and is open to the public, although registration is encouraged by visiting https://bit.ly/3afBKU0.
The event also is a release tournament, which means fish will be released back into the lake.
The prize categories will be based on length for the following species: bass, catfish, crappie, and other panfish.
The tournament and fundraiser will feature a kids’ fishing clinic, ice fishing tournament for all levels and an open warehouse with a complimentary chili lunch provided by Grace United Methodist Church.
Black Earth Java of Spencer will be on site with its coffee trailer to provide coffee, cocoa and cider throughout the entire tournament.
The event benefits scholarships for children to attend Camp Autumn, a therapeutic camp for children located at 4233 Yew Ave., about nine miles northeast of Sutherland.
“This event is for the competitive angler, the family who wants to try something new and everyone in between,” said Katie Ping, marketing and events coordinator at Seasons Center. “We’re excited to see all ages and all skill levels out on the ice enjoying our private lake out at Camp Autumn.”
The event is supported by the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club, which will be handling the tournament aspects, as well as the kids’ fishing clinic.
Additionally, the event is sponsored by Oak Hill Outdoor in Milford and Black Earth Java in Spencer.
Prizes are donated by Oak Hill Outdoor, Stan’s Bait & Tackle and Fisherman’s Factory Outlet.
Founded in 1959, Seasons Center for Behavioral Health based in Spencer continues to be a leading, comprehensive behavioral health center in the region.
Offering a broad range of behavioral health Services, Seasons recognizes that investing in behavioral health is investing in a community’s economic, education, health and human services systems. Seasons strives to empower individuals so they might become active, contributing members of their communities.
“This is an exciting event for Camp Autumn,” said camp director Adam Lybarger. “We are thrilled to open up our private lake and give people from our local communities an opportunity to fish here for the first time.
“There is a lot of work that goes into an event like this, and we couldn’t do it without the help and support of our sponsors. We are especially grateful to the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club for their continued generosity and support of our camp and the youth that we serve.”