A cold catch

REEL: Dylan Clark, who lives in the Lake Miramichi area, was out fishing with family members and friends on Jan 18. The group drilled about a dozen fishing holes and used tip-ups and ordinary poles to catch fish including a 24-inch pike and crappie. (Herald Review photo/Justin McKee)

REEL: Dylan Clark, who lives in the Lake Miramichi area, was out fishing with family members and friends on Jan 18. The group drilled about a dozen fishing holes and used tip-ups and ordinary poles to catch fish including a 24-inch pike and crappie. (Herald Review photo/Justin McKee)

Anglers reel in fish of all sizes

EVART TWP. — On any given day during winter, those who love the outdoors can be found participating in a number of activities amidst the cold and snow.

Shanties, tip-ups, buckets, augers and tip-ups are some of the items seen on the local lakes during the frozen months of the year, and Lake Miramichi is one of the best spots for ice fishing in Osceola County. Thanks to the blast of sub-zero temperatures this season, some areas of ice are 13 inches thick.

Gary Clark, and his son, Dylan, are regulars on the lake, as they live in the Miramichi community. They began their day on the ice at 8 a.m. along with other family members who kept an eye on about one dozen holes occupied with pole lines and tip-ups. Besides crappie and sunfish, the group reeled in a 24-inch pike with wax worms and minnows as bait.

RECREATION: Lake Miramichi in Evart Township attracts many ice fishers every winter. The lake is home to a variety of large and small fish and provides a picturesque setting to relax and meet other fishing enthusiasts. (Herald Review photo/Justin McKee)

RECREATION: Lake Miramichi in Evart Township attracts many ice fishers every winter. The lake is home to a variety of large and small fish and provides a picturesque setting to relax and meet other fishing enthusiasts. (Herald Review photo/Justin McKee)

“I come out here about every day,” Dylan said. “It’s really peaceful.”

Some individuals bring four-wheelers with small plows onto the lake to clear the surface of snow, others use modern shanties to keep out the cold and wind, some with propane tanks for heat, and more face the elements head-on and sit on simple buckets or folding lawn chairs. The fishing spots look like miniature camping sites.

Sears resident Ron Walters, went ice fishing on the lake on Jan. 18 with his daughter, Kim Howe, visiting from Freeland. The day offered clear blue skies with little to no wind, sunshine and many biting fish of all varieties.

“I like to ice fish and fishing in the summer, too,” Walters said. “It’s a challenge. It’s my first time out in a while because I injured myself, but I was out in the beginning of December, too.”

The pair used wax worms as bait and caught a half dozen perch, bluegill and sunfish between themselves within the first hour of being on the lake. Lines were suspended at about 10 feet.

“I like catching the fish and being outside,” Howe said. “Today is a great day for it.”

CATCH: Kim Howe, of Freeland, adds to her collection of sunfish while ice fishing on Lake Miramichi. She spent the day on the ice with her father, Ron Walters, of Sears, using wax worms as bait. (Herald Review photo/Justin McKee)

CATCH: Kim Howe, of Freeland, adds to her collection of sunfish while ice fishing on Lake Miramichi. She spent the day on the ice with her father, Ron Walters, of Sears, using wax worms as bait. (Herald Review photo/Justin McKee)

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Posted by Karin Armbruster

Karin is the reporter for Osceola County’s Herald Review. She is the coordinator of the Health page, which runs in the weekend edition of the Pioneer. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8382 or by e-mail at karmbruster@pioneergroup.com.

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