First Ice Fishing of the Season

We got up at 4:30am and threw together some egg sandwiches, some granola, fruit and coffee for the long day of ice fishing ahead.  We set out at 5:00am for the 80 km drive to Snag Lake along with our 2 Standard Poodles and a Yorkshire Terrier that ‘s boarding with us.

There was still 5 inches of ice on the lake so it was quite safe enough for all of us on foot with our sleds.  We chose to head out toward the middle of the lake; I had to stuff the little dog into a carry bag as it was too dark still to see where he was underfoot.  We were all set up and ready to drop hooks into the water by 7:00am.

IMGP8678I caught our first Brook Trout…a 3 pounder…at about 8:30 am but there really very few fish coming by even though other people were catching about 20 to 30 feet away from us.  So at 9:00am we packed up and moved over to a different part of the lake. It was a good opportunity to get the dogs out for a little jaunt on this beautiful sunny day.

It turned out to be a good move.  Within 5 minutes of getting ourselves set up again we began to catch one fish after another.  We use shrimp as bait, a ruby eye flasher, and a #3 hook to catch Brook Trout.  It was a bit of a challenge to get these fussy fish…some were very quick to wheel around with mouth wide open and with a shake get rid of the baited hook before the hook was set.

By 1:00 pm we had our limit of 5 fish each.  What a delightful way to spend a day…just awesome.  We stopped into the local hardware store on the way home to drop off one of the fish for the store manager.  It feels great to share our catch of the day.  We returned home by 4:00pm.

IMGP8688Until next time…good fishing to all!

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