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Warm weather didn't melt away Ice Fishing Derby

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The warm weather Saturday didn't stop a couple dozen kids from participating in the Ice Fishing Derby.

The event at Pettibone Lagoon is part of the 27th Annual Winter Rec-Fest.

Participants competed in two age groups: those younger than 11 years of age, and kids between 11 and 17 years old.

The person in each division who caught the largest fish won a plaque and an ice fishing pole.

"Get the kids out ice fishing, give them another way of getting outdoors in the winter time, get some fresh air," said Dave Erickson, fishing coordinator at the La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department. "With the lack of snow, this is one of the few events we'll be able to have the way it's looking here."

Because the weather was so warm, event organizers were out on the ice Friday drilling holes.

They say there's between an inch to an inch and a half of ice, and are confident it's safe to walk on.

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