On the Water

Ice Fishing Demystified

A skeptic experiences a fine winter tradition and becomes a convert

By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: November 8, 2010
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Mark whips out perfect holes in seconds with his mighty power auger.
Photo by Lucie B. Amundsen
I’m one of probably eight people I know who genuinely likes winter. After the first snow flies, my minivan becomes a rolling locker room with ice skates, sleds, snowshoes and all manner of skis – which inadvertently provide seasonal vehicle ballast. And it’s not like I’m some coordinated athlete; rather, I’ve found playing outside in the cold months makes northern life bearable, if not downright celebratory.
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