EVART -- It's been a very interesting fishing season so far for Evart resident Mark Sochocki.

Most fishing seasons are very interesting for Sochocki, who is also executive director of the Big Rapids Housing Commission. He has also kept busy following his sons in Evart sports. He usually would be in the middle of following them during the 2020.

But the MHSAA canceled all spring sports because of the conoravirus episode.

But Sochocki hasn't had a problem keeping busy with outdoor activities.

"I managed to get a few fishing trips as the weather permitted this spring," Sochocki said. First, in late February I caught my personal biggest walleye in the Saginaw River which weighed 13 pounds and was over 32 inches long. Then in March, me and my son Ty, had a great day on Saginaw Bay where we caught a nice mess of perch, some up to 14 inches long, and a nice bunch of walleye, too. "

Sochocki is also president of Pheasant Forever local chapter, which has to postpone its banquet in March.

"We have not yet rescheduled the banquet and will be making some decisions regarding it soon, hopefully," Sochocki said

Prior to postponing the banquet, Sochocki noted how much interest the event has enjoyed.

"We had over 330 last year so I would expect attendance to be at least 300," he said. "We are the only conservation organization that retains 100 percent of the funds raised to be invested back into local projects and programs."