First off, when it comes to ice fishing, my family has a pretty good set-up. My dad has a big, heated ice house that is very roomy. They've had it for 5+ years but this was actually my first time out in it. I guess in the past I felt like ice fishing was not an experience I needed to have, but my dad really wanted to take Phil ice fishing so I decided it was time to give it a try. It actually ended up being fun!
As far getting out to the house, we drive an all-terrain type of vehicle out there, but some people drive pick-ups. Right now there is 18" of ice so it's safe to drive on it (although I don't think I'd want to drive a big pick-up truck on it!). It is eery when people drive vehicles on it because you can hear the ice cracking!
|Phil checking out the holes. Phil and I bought 24 hour licenses and my dad of course has a license so we had 6 holes as we got 2 holes/person|
|The water in the holes was way more clear than I thought it would. My parents lake is a clean lake but the water looks especially clear in the winter.|
|Playing some cribbage|
Right around sun down, we heard a line jingle which alerted us to the fact that we had a bite. My dad pulled out a walleye!
Unfortunately, that was the only fish we caught! We had some other bites, but no success. But it was still a fun way to spend the afternoon.
|The fisherman and woman|
Luckily my parents had froze some walleye that my dad and brothers/brothers-in-law caught around Christmas so we got to have some fresh walleye for dinner which was delicious.
All in all it was a really fun weekend. This was the first time my parents got to spend time with just Phil and I as the other times we've seen them there has been a lot of other family around. I love big family get-togethers, but it was nice to have a quiet weekend with my parents! We played lots of games, ate well, and came back home feeling very relaxed.
Have you ever been fishing? This was my first time ice fishing but I fished a lot growing up. I haven't fished in the summer in several years but it's something Phil enjoys so I have a feeling I'll be giving it another whirl this summer!