Getting hooked on fishing

Annual fishing lure making seminar slated for Saturday

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, the public is invited to attend the free annual fishing lure making seminar at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center, hosted by the Marshall County Conservation Board (MCCB). Pictured is Jim Wiegand working on a spinner bait frequently used for bass fishing during warm season fishing.

It may not be peak fishing weather outside, but fishermen and women young and old can still enjoy the sport by making their own fishing lures. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, the public is invited to attend the free annual fishing lure making seminar at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center, hosted by the Marshall County Conservation Board (MCCB).

“In the depths of winter, when some people don’t like to ice fish, this is one way to extend the preparation and anticipation of going out, by making lures,” said MCCB President Mike Stegmann.

Amateur lure makers will demonstrate various techniques. Dean Elder will show attendees how to tie flies that he uses to catch trout and panfish, among other species. Jim Wiegand will demonstrate how he makes jigs, spinner baits and finishes off crank baits, while Stegmann will show how to mold, cast and paint antique crank baits.

“It’s creating lures, but also replicating live creations that live in the water, and the painted crank baits are very life-like,” Stegmann explained.

A limited amount of spinner bait kits will be available for kids to make and take home.

“Lure making is a hobby, and you can save money by making your own. We want to inspire people to take on this hobby; it’s a learning experience,” he said.

The event is a demonstration and not a hands-on activity; attendees will purely be observers. Registration is not required. Resources will be made available to assist people with how to obtain their own hooks, lead molds and crank bait to then be able to make lures on their own time.

For more information please contact Stegmann at: 641-752-5490.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com