Deep snow ham­pered ice fish­er­men

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ayer's Cliff

Thisyear’s ice fish­ing sea­son on Lake Mas­saw­ippi got off to a good start with the ice cover freez­ing solidly in early Jan­uary. How­ever, once the deep snow ac­cu­mu­lated over the ice, get­ting around on the ice be­came very dif­fi­cult. “We caught quite a few fish this year. We’d usu­ally get be­tween twen­ty­five and thirty good ones to keep when­ever we made a hole,” said the pres­i­dent of the Lake Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Club, Philip Church. “The ice was over two feet thick, a lit­tle thicker than nor­mal, and we had a lot of snow which made it hard to move around on the lake. It took three days just to take my ca­bane off the ice,” he added.

The Club re­leased 7,317 Brown Trout in Lake Mas­saw­ippi last Oc­to­ber, fish that they re­ceived as fin­ger­lings and then raised in their ponds for eigh­teen months. Mem­bers of the Club also saved eighty-eight Lak­ers and Brown Trout that were stuck be­low the dam at North Hat­ley re­cently. “There’s a fish lad­der there but some of the fish still get caught,” said Mr. Church. Up­com­ing events in­clude the Club’s an­nual fish­ing tour­na­ment, run­ning from April 25th to May 4th, and two Fete de la Peche ac­tiv­i­ties to ini­ti­ate chil­dren to the plea­sures of fish­ing, the first in Ayer’s Cliff on June 7th, and in North Hat­ley on June 8th. For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Lake Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Club web­site.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

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