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Connecticut Ice Fishing

 

A common activity among avid fishermen in Connecticut is ice fishing.  When our lakes, ponds, and streams freeze up the fishing diehards take to the ice with their power augers, and fishing poles.

The ice on a pond or small lake can get pretty thick once the temperatures drop, and the best way to cut through it is with a gas powered auger.  Once a hole has been drilled these hardy souls will some times sit there for hours to catch what they hope to be that evenings dinner.

I first drove by this young boy and his father about two hours before I returned with my camera to take their picture.  Who knows how long they were sitting out there, but the young boy seemed content to play around on the ice, and his father was sitting in the same spot, and in the same position both times I drove by them.

Across this small lake or very large pond, called Dooley Pond in Middletown, Connecticut, also stood a group of men all sitting by their own hole.  I tried to take a picture of them as well but they were to far away, and the sun was shining in my direction, making it very tough to get a good picture.

While ice fishing is not for me, even though I enjoy fishing, there are many that actually look forward to sitting out there on the ice every year.  Who knows maybe I will try this someday, but for now I am content with just watching someone else do it, and happy that they are having a cold, but good time.

 

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George Souto is a Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or gsouto@mccuemortgage.com

31 commentsGeorge Souto • January 14 2010 08:27PM

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My grandmother took me ice fishing about 18 years ago. It was a lot of fun we had the hand drill to drill the ice and while we didnt catch much a guy sitting close to use felt bad seeing two women out there he shared half his catch with us.

Posted by Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes (LemonTree Realty) almost 5 years ago

Heather, I guess that shows that there is a bond between the brave souls that are willing to sit out there in the cold :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut) almost 5 years ago

I love to fish but never could get into ice fishing. So, one day I was skating around the Monksville Reservoir in West Milford NJ with a hockey stick and a puck. Guys were ice fishing and I was barely paying attention. Then, there was a crowd around one of the holes in the ice. Well, someone just caught the NJ state record for a Muskellunge ...over 40 pounds !

Posted by Eric J (Eric J - Dream Home Financing) almost 5 years ago

John, well all I can say is if you are happy in minus 60 degree temperature, than you deserve my respect for being able to handle that.  Me I would be in the sky lodge watching you ...... LOL

Eric, I would have loved to have seen that.  All the times that I have gone by and seen people ice fishing, I have never seen them pull a fish out of a hole. Maybe someday I will go by just at the right time.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut) almost 5 years ago

George,

I've tried ice fishing a few moons ago, using a good old hand drill. It certainly isn't for the faint of heart.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 5 years ago

George,

Where are all the cars and ice shanties?

We always drove out on the ice, to the holes we fished in the summer from our boats.

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 5 years ago

George, these guys get real serious about their ice fishing, which is something I just don't understand, LOL. They are up on Hatch Pond in Kent, I was going to get some shots of the guys out there.

I don't know, it all smells a bit fishy to me....

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 5 years ago

George, just like a scene from the movie Grumpy Old Men I'll bet that if Ann Margaret were out there you would have taken the walk!

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754) almost 5 years ago

George all i want to know is:  While they were fishing around... DID THEY CATCH ANY ICE???

Posted by Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC (Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) almost 5 years ago

George, I grew up in Minnesota and used to go ice fishing with my Dad, what a horrible experience!  I never want to be that cold again.

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) almost 5 years ago

Esko I have not tried it yet, but I probably should give it a try someday.

Bill, I have not seen any ice shanties around here, and this father and son were fairly close to a small parking lot where everyone seems to park their cars.

Andrea I would like to see the pictures if you take any.  And yes it is a bit fishy sort of like people who hang around adult camps ......... LOL

Ed, well Ann Margaret might just be what it takes to get me out on the ice :)

Diane, I am sure there was plenty of ICE for them to catch if they wanted to, but I think their preference was FISH ....... LOL

Gary, but you were a good son and did it any way to make him happy :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut) almost 5 years ago

George,

Father and son or a boy and his Grandfather/s are the only excuse for fishing as far as I'm concerned.

I asked about the cars because we drove on the lakes and parked to windward of our hole to block the breezes. We used shanties because you can't see the muskies to throw a spear in the day light.

Cold is a stait of mind! Ice fishing is not nearly as cold as wading in the 30+ degree rivers to dip smelt!

It's all about boy's and men and the time they spend together.

Bill

 

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 5 years ago

George.. Just the thought of ice fishing is sending me inside to stay warm.  BRRRR.  Never tried it, but I can't imagine how much fun it would be.  Solitude.. cold.  oh what fun.

valerie osterhoudt

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

George wonderful winter shots.  Ice fishing is very popular,  and it looks like a fun time though for this father and son.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 5 years ago

George,

Is that you out there fishing??

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) almost 5 years ago

George I just noticed you will be crossing the half million points barrier soon...CONGRATS and happy fishing!!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 5 years ago

Bill, I am sure that this experience that this young boy is having with his father, will be something that they will never forget.

Valerie, I bet your two boys would love it :)

Jennifer like I said to Bill, I am sure this will be an experience that they will both remember.

Ann, no am am afraid not.  I like it a little warmer ......... LOL

Bill G. yes that should happen within the next couple of days or so.  Thank you for noticing.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut) almost 5 years ago

Almost 500,000 Active Rain points.  Will you be cashing them in for a free trip to New Britain?

Posted by Philip Turner, Mortgage Banker Since 1980 (MCCUE MORTGAGE COMPANY) almost 5 years ago

George,

I would like it ALOT warmer.... 

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) almost 5 years ago

George,  The closest that I have ever come to ice fishing is driving by a reservoir on the way to go skiing.  Interesting post.  I read the post by PhilipTurner that said you were close to 500K.  It will be exciting to see you reach  it.

Posted by Gary Coles, Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) almost 5 years ago

George, I had to come back to make sure that wasn't you in the photo. I don't know.. it looks like it could be you.

Not me though, that I know for a fact.

Or maybe it's Ed Silva? Taking a break from golfing?

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 5 years ago

George, did you ever go back and check on the old man.  If he hadn't moved in the two hours you mentioned... ever consider the poor old guy was frozen to death. 

By the way, we will stick to Red Lobster!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500 (RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.) almost 5 years ago

George has 401 points to go to hit 500,000 Active Rain points.  Maybe when he hits 500,000 he'll take us ice fishing.

Posted by Philip Turner, Mortgage Banker Since 1980 (MCCUE MORTGAGE COMPANY) almost 5 years ago

Phil I have logged a lot of free frequent trip points to New Britain this year, and it would be my pleasure to take everyone ice fishing  ..... LOL

Ann, warm ice fishing now that works for me.

Gary, thank you, I should hit that mark tomorrow :)

Andrea, no not me.  There would be a heater at my side if it was me ....... LOL

Al and Peggy, that would mean that I would have to of gone out on the ice ........ LOL

And when I went by a third time he was gone :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut) almost 5 years ago

George, my in-laws used to ice fish...can't say that it really appeals to me, but then I'm really not a fisherman...liked it as a kid.  It also makes me just a wee bit uncomfortable being out on the ice...I know folks drive their cars on to a lake or such...just not for me. 

Really closing in on the 500K...a big CONGRATS TO YOU!

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL) almost 5 years ago

The poor kid looks like he wants to go home badly.  Maybe dad said they aren't going home til they catch dinner lol.

Looking forward to the big 500,000 point post.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) almost 5 years ago

Come on George you could have gone out there on the ice with that big old orange shovel Ed pointed out! LOL

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500 (RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Nick, I also like to fish but have not tried ice fishing.  And I share your feeling about being out there on a slab of ice even if people do drive their cars on it :)

Jenny, he did not seem to be complaining to much, and maybe the meal was the reason why .... LOL

Al and Peggy the big orange shovel was on a different pond.  Ice fisherman don't mind the snow on the ice, they don't seem to be very particular ..... LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut) almost 5 years ago

George, I LOVE to fish...Bill, I don't need an excuse!  But I don't think I would like ice fishing.  Cold weather... nope!  nada!  zilch!  I cannot get enough clothes on in the winter to be warm and I do not do cold very well.  I do believe though that if there were no summer, no warm weather and we lived on the totally cold earth that climate change people talk about, I would learn to ice fish!

Posted by Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) almost 5 years ago

George - I don't fish in the summer and I certainly don't fish in the winter.  I've always wondered about those ice fisherman.  What makes someone so determined to fish that they'll deal with the cold?  There are some things in life that are just mysteries.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

That is something I have never done, but would really like to try

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Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTORĀ®, Blogger, Principal BrokerĀ®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 4 years ago

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