SAGOLA TOWNSHIP — It’s become an annual tradition for over 40 years in Dickinson County. The Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club held ‘Tip-Up Town’ Saturday on Sawyer Lake.

Ice fishermen from nearby towns and as far away as Florida huddled in their shanties, tents and even RV’s, looking to catch that monster fish. The tournament had multiple categories.

Cash prizes were awarded for the three biggest Walleye, Northern Pike, Blue Gill, Crappie and Perch caught throughout the day. Robert LeFleur, the vice president of the sportsmen’s club, says the money raised during Tip Up Town helps the organization to fund a number of events.

“It would be for our hunter safety (classes) for kids and our concealed carry classes. Some of the funds go to the DNR; the other part is for nurses,” said LeFleur. It’s whatever we feel we can donate to.”
“I like that you can come and register fish whenever you want and that you can win prizes for it,” said Jessica Harwath, a 9-year-old girl who’s been ice fishing since she was five.

The kids had their own separate fishing contest from the adults. They went home with prizes ranging from Tip-Ups to lures.