"We started out doing these about six years ago and we had 40 people show up," fisheries biologist Tory Mason said. "We thought that was a really good crowd. It's kind of grown into what you see here."
More than 120 people signed up for the chance to test their hand on the ice Saturday morning.
"Obviously somebody wants something to do in February. You can tell by the crowd there are people wanting to get out."
And it brought out folks like Maryville native Joe Franks who hasn't missed a clinic held by the MDC since it began six years ago.
"The time has been worth my while," Franks said. "The first one we had was a real nice day. The sun was shining, it was about 30 degrees. This year's not too bad."
"Quite a few people come back. This is there one day to ice fish through the year, and if we can provide that, great," Mason said.