Winter is coming. That’s not what we want to hear, but it’s the truth.
The end of fall means colder temperatures and the snow is about to fly. In many areas, this means the end of most hunting seasons. Along with time comes more restricted access to the forest.
The only outdoor sport we have to look forward to is ice fishing. An outdoor enthusiast’s winter crutch. It’s not often a favorite of anglers, but it’s still a great way to hold the itch for a few months between seasons.
The odds are really the same, though. You still have a great chance to snag some monsters if you’re in the right area. And seeing a monster fish come up through the ice is almost satisfying enough to get you into ice fishing.
Up north, trout are a popular target species during the winter months. They still taste good during those times, so you can spend a day fishing and come away with a pretty good feed.
Many times with ice fishing, expectations are mediocre. It’s something to do, and it’s nice to go out fishing, but you might not have the same luck in the same spot and you couldn’t stop hooking them as long as you went before.
These guys were out for a day catching lake trout on the crystal clear ice of Lake Superior when they got hooked on something that looked different from the rest. They already have a few decent-sized trout already caught and they stayed by their hole.
But, this hooked fish is a monster. A lake trout appears and one can contemplate this beauty through the crystalline ice.
The boys freak out as he steps aside and shows them how big he really is.
He gets it in the hole but has to go down to pull it up because it’s so big. He dives into the water, through the 20 inches of ice, and grabs his tail lifting the monster up and out.
The joy and excitement have me checking my gear to see if I need anything for the upcoming winter.
Nice catch guys.