Ice fishing starts slowly – Ice still too thin
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Theice was finally covering Lake Massaswippi last week, giving ice fishermen a little more opportunity to practice their sport. “Some people were catching perch in Ayer’s Cliff. The ice tends to be thicker there, near the tower. I went out on the ice yesterday (Sunday) but I was very careful. It was only three inches thick in some places. Last year, at this time, the ice on the lake was two feet thick,” said Philip Church, the president of the Lake Massawippi Conservation Club. According to Mr. Church, the ice covering the lake is still too thin in many places for small vehicles and even walkers. “There are springs in the lake and in some places the ice is only one or two inches thick.” The Quebec game wardens were on Lake Massapippi on Monday checking the thickness of the ice at different locations.
Because of this winter’s milder than usual temperatures, several fishermen have been taking their boats out onto the lake to fish, more so on Lake Memphremagog than on Lake Masssawippi. In Lake Massawippi they are fishing for perch, pike and brown trout. Any lake trout that are caught must be thrown back. Last fall, the Lake Massawippi Conservation Club released 7,399 brown trout fingerlings into the lake. “We had a very good year raising then, so good in fact that we had too many fish in our ponds so we lost a few during that warm spell, in September,” said Mr. Church.
“The ice fishing should be good in February,” concluded Mr. Church hopefully.
Massawippi Conservation Club president, Philip Church, ice-fishing in 2013. The ice on Lake Massawippi is still too thin in many areas to icefish, and could worsen after Tuesday’s rain.