Monday, February 7, 2011

In Minnesota, Ice angling with the Girl Scouts, Dad

The Park Rapids Enterprise reports that last weekend, a group of Park Rapids Girl Scouts experienced the sport of ice fishing, the majority for their first time, on the icy terrain of Fish Hook Lake. Ice fishing is the practice of catching fish with lines and fish hooks or spears through an opening in the ice on a frozen body of water. Ice anglers may sit on the stool in the open on a frozen lake, or in a heated cabin on the ice, some with bunks and amenities.

The girls entered the warm Community Fish House, courtesy of Mike Swanson, who checks on the shelter daily and soon discovered the underwater camera, rigged rods, rattle reels and hot cocoa. Parent volunteer and avid angler Steph Lippert began helping girls get set up to fish.

After each and every Girl Scout caught several fish, the squeals and screams shared between the group carried into the adjacent fish houses as each Girl Scout walked away with their very own ice scoop, minnow scoop and a new-found appreciation for angling.

Sounds like a ton of fun actually! Have you ever gone ice fishing?