Ice fishing provides fun outlet
December 15, 2016
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Most people have heard of the dog days of summer, but freshman Paige Judson once experienced a “dog day” of ice fishing.
A few years ago, her father, the family dog Remington and she were enjoying a day on the ice of Muskegon Lake when Judson brought a perch out of the ice.
“The minute the perch hit the air, it was in my dog’s mouth,” Judson said.
To make it more comical, as Judson and her father were trying to retrieve the perch from the dog, another fish went for her dad’s line.
“So one of us was trying to get the fish out of my dog’s mouth while the other was reeling in the other fish,” she said.
While others don’t have a dog story to tell, there are other Shores students who enjoy ice fishing.
Junior Journee Fett often uses ice fishing as an outlet.
“If I had to choose a spot, I would chose Cottage Grove (on Muskegon Lake). It’s a hotspot for perch and bluegill,” Fett said. “When you’re out on the ice, you don’t have to worry about anything other than what you’re catching. It’s pretty awesome.”
According to Fishingoutdoors.org, ice fishing has actually proven to build relationship skills, relieve stress, manage pressure, and acts as an escape for many people.
Junior Caleb Boes said that ice fishing is his escape and is sometimes the only free time that he gets.
“My favorite place to go ice fishing is up north on Lower Herring Lake. I usually catch walleye.” Boes said. “With school and hockey, it’s often hard for me to find free time. When I do get the opportunity, I get out on the ice and throw a line in.”
The average person may think of ice fishing as boring. The whole idea of sitting in the middle of a lake in the freezing cold is enough to make some people run for the hills, but not Judson.
Instead, she sees it as a whole other adventure in itself.
“Even when it feels like I have no time left, I always find time to go ice fishing,” Judson said.