REEL PAS­SION: ICE FISH­ING ON GAIR­LOCH LAKE

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ADAM MACIN­NIS

A rare warm Jan­uary day in­ter­rupt­ing a streak of frigid tem­per­a­tures made for some fine fish­ing Satur­day, Jan. 5, on Gair­loch Lake in Pic­tou County.

Gordie Allen drove to the lake from Green­field along with Keith Maxwell of Truro. To­gether they were suc­cess­ful in catch­ing their limit of two fish each. They were able to catch some nice-sized rain­bow trout.

But for both of them, it’s about more than the food.

“I just like get­ting out in the fresh air and spend­ing time out­side,” Allen said.

He said it doesn’t take much to get started in the sport.

“Ba­si­cally, it’s pretty sim­ple,” he said. “All you need is a good ice auger and a small fish­ing rod.”

His bait of choice this time of year is power­bait, which is a dough like bait that can be shaped and put on the end of the hook.

“It makes win­ter a lot shorter when you get out and en­joy it,” he said.

Maxwell ad­mits his pref­er­ence is for fly fish­ing but he doesn’t mind get­ting out to spend some time fish­ing any time of the year with friends. It doesn’t hurt bring­ing home a meal or two ei­ther.

“They’re very good at the ta­ble,” he said.

Bill Daw­son of Cen­tral Cari­bou and Sheryl Mac­Don­ald also took some time Satur­day to try catch­ing a cou­ple trout.

This was Daw­son’s first time of the sea­son get­ting out.

“I wanted to make sure the ice was thick enough be­fore we de­cided to come out here,” he said.

The milder tem­per­a­ture on Satur­day made sit­ting out on the lake not so bad, but he knows from past ex­pe­ri­ence how frigid it can be if the wind is blow­ing.

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Sheryl Mac­Don­ald and Bill Daw­son spent some time ice fish­ing on Gair­loch Lake on Jan. 5.

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Gordie Allen and Keith Maxwell caught some rain­bow trout at Gair­loch Lake.

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