It’s that time of year again where lakes and rivers have iced over, and everyone goes into their winter mode. For some people that means getting out the sled, for some it means heading south, and for others it means curling up and waiting for the weather to get warmer. Ottawa is a very active city, and like a lot of people I choose to get outside as much as I can, even in the bitter cold.
Over the past month I’ve been out fishing a few local lakes, and rivers. I’ve slowly felt the growth of the ice, some holes I’ve fished have had over 20 inches of ice. It makes me think that I need to get a gas powered auger for next year, as 20 inches of ice is a lot to punch through by hand.
It always amazes me how much weight the ice can hold, and just how clear it can be too. Looking straight down at your feet you can see the pressure cracks, and follow them all the way through the ice slab. I’ve yet to land anything yet, so I did take a bit of a vacation to some warmer areas, where I figured the fish would be biting.
It’s amazing that with modern air travel I can go from fishing a frozen lake, to surf fishing on a beach, and back again within a week. 1,500 miles apart I was able to get my line wet for two completely different types of water. The locals were avoiding the beaches, due to an absolutely frigid to them 8C over night low, and a brisk east wind. I made good use of the empty beaches, and pulled out more than a few fish. This Blue Fish was the best I hooked all trip.
Going to have to go back to basics up here, and aim for location, location, location. Can’t catch the fish if I can’t find them, and I seem to be picking all the wrong spots this winter though. I guess it is a lot of pressure to put on one little hole that I drill in the ice, that gas auger keeps sounding better, and better. Going to have to cover more ground in the coming weeks, and try some new lakes. Maybe that Super Blue Moon will give me a hand, eh? Can’t beat the views from the ice though.