Normally one would see ice fishing as a trying, taxing chore only undertaken by the most winter-hardened fishermen. This season, though, the lake might see its fair share of fishing families taking their first foray into the wintery abyss.
Through the rebirth of spring, the calm but busy relaxation of summer, and the hustle of fall, people are busy living their lives. Then winter hits, and everyone goes into hibernation mode. It might seem at times that Americans are uninterested in vacation, but 92% of employees assure us that they are indeed interested.
Sometimes a vacation can be hard to come by, especially when it is wintertime and your plans must revolve around family. If you are one an avid fisherman who is willing to think outside the box, though, you might find just what you’re looking for on the frozen lake.
“On the first trip, the kids might enjoy sliding across the ice and tossing snowballs as much as they enjoy fishing. That’s great and is one of the reasons ice fishing is so fun. But wait until they reel their first fish in and then see their eyes light up. That’s when the fun really starts.” Division of Wildlife Resources sport fisheries coordinator Randy Oplinger tells Herald Extra.
Ice fishing is a mini-vacation, a walk on the wild side for the whole family, and doesn’t require intense planning. For 12.75% of Americans who regularly hunt or fish, there’s hardly a better (or less expensive) way to share your passion with the family than a pressure-free venture like ice fishing.
“All of the gear needed shouldn’t cost more than $100,” Oplinger says, “and it could easily cost less.” For many seasoned anglers, the equipment might already be stashed away in the boat, save, perhaps, the ice pick or drill.
The down-home culture cultivated by families and groups of friends participating in a seasonal activity together could have a strong effect on the future of the kids as well.
While the more nomadic Americans have lived in four or more states, they are in the minority (15%). In fact, 57% of adults have never lived outside their current state. This could be the result of strong community roots laid down at a young age.
Whether or not forming an ice fishing community with your family and other families will affect the future residential choices of your children, one thing is for sure…
“There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.” Steven Wright, stand-up comedy legend