Snowmobilers aren’t the only ones enjoying this year’s especially chilly weather; out on the frozen surface of Thompson Lake, the ice fishermen are hoping to snag one final catch before the season’s end. Typically, ice fishing season ends at the end of March, but the lingering winter weather has afforded these intrepid sportsmen a few extra days in April to enjoy their favorite pastime.
While fishing shacks officially have to be off the ice by April 1, that isn’t stopping ice fishermen from venturing out to poke around for lake trout. Many of these fishermen will continue to fish in open water during the warmer months, but there’s something special about ice fishing season that will be sorely missed by the anglers on Thompson Lake. In a recent article in the Portland Press Herald, one such fisherman explained why he is especially fond of fishing on the ice.
“There is not a lot of noise on the lake right now. You don’t have the boats, and jet skis, the crowds.”
True to form, this fisherman is happy just to have a chance to soak in the solitude on the ice. For these folks, there’s no such thing as a bad day of fishing.
Before we know it, the ice will recede and make way for summer water sports. Until then, we’re glad that our grizzled, flannel clad friends on the lake are able to take part in the time-honored tradition of ice fishing for a little while longer.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Thompson Lake area from Terry Hewitt. If you are lucky enough to live by the water…you are lucky enough!