Deep snow hampered ice fishermen
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.