This week’s featured blogger, Ashley Rae, shares an ice fishing adventure in her blog, “She Loves to Fish.”
Last weekend I ventured the furthest north I’ve ever traveled in pursuit of fish. I was super excited for this experience as it would be my first time staying in an ice bungalow and sleeping overnight on the ice! It would also be my first time fishing on massive Lake Nipissing, the third largest lake in Ontario. The ice conditions haven’t been great at all this year at home (and in many places throughout the province), so a trip up north seemed like just the remedy. Joining me on this trip was my boyfriend Eric who is equally obsessed about ice fishing, and fishing in general (in fact it’s how we met). We were both anxious to explore new water and target walleye among other species present on this water body.
We left the Ottawa area Friday morning and headed northbound for about 4.5 hours. Our destination was Fish Bay Marina in Nipissing, Ontario. After an easy drive and passing by gorgeous scenery along the Ottawa River and endless lakes, we pulled up to Fish Bay and were greeted by a big, friendly, furry black dog named Anik. We chatted with owners, Samantha and Kevin for a few moments before meeting John, who helps all the guests get out on the ice and assists with anything else that may be needed during the stay. We followed John out along the marked ice roads on the lake. It was a first for me seeing ice roads! There were clusters of permanent shelters in the distance in various directions. It was a whole new world.
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