Fly fishing gear

Watching this monster lake trout through crystal clear ice almost got me excited for ice fishing

Winter is coming.

It’s not what we want to hear, but it’s the truth.

Late fall means colder temperatures and the snow is about to fly. In many areas, this means the end of most hunting seasons. With time comes more restricted access to the woods.

The only outdoor sport we should expect is ice fishing. An outdoorsman’s winter crutch. Often not a favorite with anglers, but still a good way to stave off the itch for a few months between seasons.

The odds are really the same though. You still have a high chance of latching onto certain monsters if you’re in the right area. And seeing a monster fish go through the ice is almost satisfying enough to make you want to ice fish.

To the north, trout are a popular target species during the winter months. They always taste good during these times, so you can spend a day fishing and come away with some pretty good food.

Most of the time with ice fishing the expectations are poor. It’s something to do, it’s nice to go out fishing, but you might be unlucky in the same spot you couldn’t stop hooking them the time you went before.

These guys were out for a day catching lake trout on the crystal clear ice of Lake Superior when they snagged on something that felt different from the rest. They have a few decent sized trout already caught and kept next to their hole.

But, this hooked fish is a monster. A lake trout appears and you can see this beauty through the crystal clear ice.

The boys panic as he slips away and shows them just how big he really is.

He brings it into the hole but has to bend down to pull it because it’s so tall. He enters the water, through the 20 inches of ice and grabs his tail lifting the monster up and down.

Joy and excitement have me checking my gear to see if I need anything for the coming winter.

Nice catch, guys.