Monday, January 26, 2009

Ice Fishing/ My World

Closeup of fishing huts on an icy pond

Nobody's home. These huts are on a fishing club's private pond on the southeast side of East Gwillimbury. As you can see, one hut is made of plywood, the other is a frame covered with plastic. Although it wasn't a very cold day, the wind was biting. I could understand why the fishers were someplace else!

On another cold Saturday morning - this time at Lake Simcoe.

No wind, little sun and poor visibility. Lake Simcoe is a large lake and I had to zoom in for you to see how the fishers drive themselves out to their huts on snowmobiles, four-wheelers and even trucks. Yep, the ice is that thick!

Not all fishers have huts; some brave the cold in their super-warm outer gear. There were lots of people wearing bright orange that morning.

And here I want you to notice how the fishers use augers to drill holes in the ice.


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36 comments:

Shammickite said...

I went ice fishing on Lake Simcoe once. Once was enough, never again.

Rambling Round said...

Brrr! Don't think I want to ice fish, but these photos are really interesting.

BJ Roan said...

I like to go fishing, but not this much! Looks cold, but their huts are colorful against the white snow/ice.

Abraham Lincoln said...

There was a time, long ago, when I would have done something like this but then I got older and more things hurt and I had problems staying warm so I would not do it today. Nice photographs.

Small City Scenes said...

Modern day ice fishing. Just a giant BRRRRR to me. I like river fishing in the summertime. Actually I like being on the river, I don't need to go fiahing. MB

ViennaDaily said...

You seem to be enjoying all the snow!!!

Ferreira-Pinto said...

of activity out there!

George said...

I've always admired the fortitude (or foolishness) of ice fishermen. You did a great job of capturing all the activity.

judi said...

Okay sweety, what kind of fish are they fishing for????

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Judi,
The huts in the first photo are over a trout pond...so I'm thinking they are fishing for....er...er...let me think...TROUT!

The Lake Simcoe fishers are not so easy to figure out. It depends on where their huts are situated, I think. The tourists are trying to catch perch and whitefish (the locals say) but the REAL fishers are there for pickerel and bass. Probably other fish to, but I don't know what. ;-)

auringonkukka :) said...

so beautiful photos!
have a nice week ;)

Carver said...

This was a very interesting post about ice fishing and great shots.

Louise said...

I've always been fascinated by this kind of activity having never lived where it was that cold. I think I would need a hut!

Susan said...

Wow, gorgeous photos and very interesting, but I'm cold just looking at them! LOL I'll leave ice fishing to braver folks than I... Thank you for a fascinating My World post!

ewok1993 said...

Oh for the love of fishing! It really feels cold out there. Very nice photos.

Janie said...

The red house on the ice makes for a nice photo, but I wouldn't want to be out there freezing!

antigoni said...

We love fishing but not on ice. We prefer the blue sea. Great photos and post!

WillThink4Wine said...

Brrrr. I need to start a fire in the fireplace after viewing these photos! I always marvel at the determination of the ice fisherman.

Reader Wil said...

This indeed a completely different world! Thank you for sharing! It looks very cold but interesting!

imac said...

WOW, its sure cold there. great shots

Ruth said...

My cousins went ice fishing this weekend with no hut or heater and it was very cold. Great post on about tough Canadian winter fishers!!

Rose said...

I love your pictures.

I have to tell you that every time I see pictures of ice fishing I think about a story by Patrick F. McManus. I gave a quick google hoping I could find it on-line but no luck. I can't remember its exact title. And I am not sure which of his books it was in...he is an outdoor writer and writes "The Last Laugh" for Outdoor Life. His is a humorist column, and the one about the ice fishing is one of my favorites.

dot said...

I've always wanted to try it but I probably wouldn't last long in the cold.
Love the pictures!

fishing guy said...

EG: Those are wonderful captures on the ice.
I must admit I have done it and I also wore my hunting blaze orange outfit. It was just not that much fun. I can wait until the lakes thaw.

SandyCarlson said...

Ice fishing taught me that it is a fine thing to appreciate some arts at a distance. Your photos are wonderful. All the ice fishing I could ever want!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Wowzer that looks cold! Is it dangerous too?!

mountain.mama said...

My father-in-law used to do that. I've never been inspired to try.

mannanan said...

Oh My God that is amazing. I've never seen anything quite like that. And I thought that the guys who stood on the end of Ramsey pier were made of hardy stuff. Would they stay there all day fishing? What would they catch? Do the huts cover the holes? Thank you for yet another superrb posting and great photos. Love the one above of the horse and buggy.

Titania said...

The fishermen are very keen to catch a fish, I guess it is also a sport to go out there into the cold and try to catch one! Is that so? ( I do not think women would go out there to catch a fish, they are much cleverer they just go to the fish monger!)

Leanne said...

Wow thanks for sharing that I find it totally fascinating....I can not comprehend that cold. It was 107F here today.

Catherine said...

Very interesting post for who isn't used to that temperatures.
Your World is so different, thanks to share.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Brit Gal Sarah,

It's not dangerous as long as the ice is thick enough. This has been a cold winter...very cold. It's safe right now.

On a certain date all the ice houses MUST come off the lake. If a vehicle goes through the ice, the owner must pay a hefty fine to have it hauled out.

And - sad to say - come spring a snowmobiler or two...or more... will go through the ice and lose their lives.

Arija said...

Modern day ice fihing is not quite wt I remember from my childhood. No kidoos, no huts, no gas bottles and I bet they use chainsaws not hand saws to cut the ice.
Great post visually as well as the text.

PERBS said...

I first saw that in a movie with Jack . . .Klugman? I forget the movie now.

You have some great photos of the whole thing. You would not catch me fishing in winter no matter how much I love snow.

Mojo said...

Uh, yeah if I'm going ice fishing, there's gonna be at least a tent involved if not a full-on hut. Any weather cold enough to create ice thick enough to drive my truck on I'm staying out of as much as possible.

Not like that's much of a worry around here or anything.

Wren said...

The fascination of ice fishing escapes me, but I can understand others enjoy it. It must be incredibly cold out there.

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