The Freshwater Phil guide to Montreal shore fishing spots

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ice fishing Lake Champlain


The kids were off school for midwinter break, I headed out to lake Champlain hoping to have some non stop perch action, as I had in previous years.

A cold front was moving in after a snow storm, 40-50 KM / hour winds and blowing snow forced us to get a cabin.

The cabins were build real flimsy, mainly old pressed and plywood. They used old flooring for heating wood instead of logs. As I got the fire started and filled up the oven, the cabin actually caught on fire while I was setting the lines, which I luckily was able to put out with snow, thanks to my kids screaming "THE CABIN'S ON FIRE!!!". A couple minutes more, and it would have been gone.

The fishing was the slowest I've ever experienced on Champlain, only 2 perch for the day. Needless to say, the kids weren't to thrilled, being stuck inside because of the cold without any fish biting, put them off ice fishing for at least the rest of the season.

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