March 20, 2020

While all of our fishing trips are done on open water the thrill of ice fishing is fast approaching. Ice fishermen consist of a surprisingly large and growing group within the angling community Many anglers fish year-round and this means gearing up for a completely different setting. There is no doubt that the winters can get long up here in the North. Ice fishing is an exceptionally enjoyable way to get through Northwestern Ontario’s long winter months. We live in such a busy connected world; ice fishing is another great way to ?? {disconnected or get away} and spend quality time with friends and family.

Within minutes of our communities you are able to access lakes filled with trout, walleye and northern pike, or participate in annual ice fishing derbies. As the temperatures drop, the first step is to dress accordingly when it comes to ice fishing, this will make your experience much more pleasant. The idea of dropping a tiny hook with bait down a hole cut in the ice may seem like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. But with a little thought, planning and the right equipment, finding and catching fish through the ice can be surprisingly easy – and incredibly fun!

Ice fishing is not just about a day of fishing on the lake, it’s an experience that you can build an entire vacation around. There are countless ways to go about this sport. There are the options of snowmobiling or driving your truck out on the fish, all depending on the depth of the ice. There are remote lakes or four-season resorts that will do it all for you. You can ice fish in a heated fish house and have a bombardier bring you to and from land. There are even rent sleeper houses where you don’t even have to leave the lake during your vacation. Some still do this sport the old-fashioned way, drilling a couple holes and sitting outside on a bucket. During a beautiful sunny day, this is the most ideal way to enjoy the nature and scenery your surrounded by. Ice fishing is an activity that everyone can enjoy in peaceful solitude, or with a group of family and friends. You don’t have to be a pro angler to have fun or be good at ice fishing.

For a true northern Ontario experience, consider snowmobiling into remote locations with great fishing.

But, please make no mistake, ice fishing requires thought, planning and preparation not only for success and comfort but for personal safety. Every year, many ice anglers face the embarrassing and sometimes painful consequences of poor planning, bad judgment, and taking to the ice with ill-advised clothing and equipment. Don’t be one of them!

Escape to the Wilderness,

Dave, Michelle, and Jon

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