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Ice fishing in Ontario - a day on the ice
Tourism, Travel Guide
We were very pleased with the ice fishing hut - our home for a day. We learned that in the meantime a newer and more improved version is used. We still do not see any need for that.
We preferred to stay in the fishing hut
Unfortunately we did not have any sunshine on this day. I believe the pictures which we had taken would be much more attractive.
However, you see that ice fishing can also be fun without sun. More huts were occupied by people who love this kind of activity.
One man did obviously not want to stay in the hut. He was building up the fishing equipment in front of it on a fresh drilled hole.
Our hut had a gas fired heater which made it very fast comfortable. Elizabeth was very happy about that!
To keep the very dry air humid water in a tin was soon boiling and the steam kept the air humid. It boils down very fast and you must regularly look after the water level
Don't thinks this is a toilet!
In our hut we found four holes which are used for fishing..
In the right picture you see a so called "Tip-up" which we used instead of a fishing rod. It indicated when a fish is playing with the bait.
The length of the line is adjusted that the hook is a little bit above the ground. Each of us became a "Tip-up".
André showed us also how to attach the bait to the hook of the fishing line and how to adjust the length of the line.
Before André left, he promised us again that he will look after us around noon.
Now our fishing adventure could start - but nothing happened. We did not want to miss a biting fish so we talked and did not read.
It was exactly noon and we just were ready to take out our lunch when André knocked at the door.
He brought us a thermos bottle filled with hot home made soup.
The soup was delicious and obviously made after a Swiss recipe. Both Susanne and André came from Switzerland to fulfill their dream to live a different live.
Naturally, we both did not thinks about taking a thermos bottle with hot coffee or tea with us.
Now I had also my chance to drink a real ice cold beer which we had brought with us from at home. You can not buy any alcohol in the cottage resort - so be prepared!.
Naturally, we watched continuously our two "Tip-ups" expecting a movement. But so far no fish showed interest on the bait.
We took this easy and were still very happy.
Suddenly Elizabeth's "Tip-up" was indicating that a fish was nibbling on the bait. She was very excited and pulled the line in.
What she caught was a tiny little fish and we felt sorry. She released him very carefully from the hook and put him back into the water after we took some pictures.
The same happened a little bit later to me.
"Catch and release" is very common in Canada and we complied without any regret to the regulations.
The afternoon was also going by fast. Finally we had some time for each other without any interruptions such as phone calls etc. We only had to watch our "Tip-ups".
We could read a little bit and enjoyed the clean air and the quietness. No TV, no radio. We left all that at home.
Occasionally we left the cottage to see what our neighbors were doing. We saw people which traveled in a big truck on the lake.
André told us later that this was very careless and dangerous. Obviously those people were not aware of the accident which just happened.
We were surprised that nobody had left any garbage on the ice. At least not where we stayed.
When you come from Southern Ontario this is very unusual.
André came as promised exactly at 4:00 p.m. to pick us up for the return trip to the cottage resort. Typical Swiss punctuality!
Shortly before he arrived I has caught a pike. It was not a very large fish but big enough for a lunch.
We did not clean it at the fishing hut - André showed us at the cottage how to do that properly. As a child I had learned that, but I was not sure any more and to be honest I did not really want to do that.
We got too much used to buy everything kitchen ready and do not want any longer to face the fact of having killed a creature and to do all the "dirty" work.
Our fish was just over the minimum size as we were told and with only one fish we stayed far below our limit which we were allowed to catch. But the experience which we had was so wonderful that even with no fishing luck we would have had great day.
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