Ice fish­ing starts slowly – Ice still too thin

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

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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.

Photo Ar­chives

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.

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