A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go ice fishing with family and family friends at Sainte-Anne-de-la-Parade. It was my first time and definitely an experience, even if I didn’t catch any fish. I’m actually pretty glad that I didn’t catch anything, I wouldn’t have known what to do! (handling live fish isn’t really my thing) At one point I thought I had caught something, and I got so excited . . . and then it turns out I had hooked some debris from the bottom of the river. Oops.
Like I said before, I had never been ice fishing before, and I was surprised to see how well set up the cabins are (visions of a tiny hole in the ice and a couple of people huddled around had danced in my head beforehand). Instead, a nice sized cabin with lighting and a wood burning stove housed us while we fished. Along each side of the cabin was a long narrow opening in the ice. Each side easily had 20 lines on it.
It was neat walking around and checking out all the other cabins. It was a little surreal, to think that we were walking around on a frozen river, since it felt like we were in a little village.
And how did we do? Not so well. One side of our cabin caught a few fish, but the other side didn’t catch any. There was one cabin nearby that was constantly catching fish, maybe they were stealing them all away from us? Nonetheless, I went to have a good time with family, and it was definitely a good time!