Ice Fishing with the Boys

by Pete Bowman

I took my sons Hunter and Cole out for their first ever ice fishing trip up to Lake Joseph in the Muskokas. We met up with Captain John Blanchard on a cold windy day but luckily John had a perfectly heated hut so the boys didn’t freeze.

There was no way I was going to let my little buddies freeze on their first ever ice expedition so John having that heated hut was our saving grace!

As soon as we got there we dropped our lines down and I saw fish on the Lowrance. I told the boys to reel up (seeing their jigs on the screen is such a bonus) and as soon as they got to fish level, Cole got bit. He lost that one and then Hunter nailed a nice little eater sized Laker. Cole lost another before hunter could even get his fish in.

Long story short, Hunter’s fish was the only one “iced” that day. Cole had at least 5 fish on (probably more like 6 or 7) and unfortunately lost them all.

Reports around the lake had everyone struggling so my boys actually did very well as far as getting bites. The bait of choice was an X Zone Slammer, white with a little black on the back tipped with a minnow. That thing got constantly bit while a white tube was the only other bite of the day.

All in all a great outing with the boys!

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