This winter’s ice season was ridiculously short! I actually spent the majority of it up on Lake of the Woods because the Superior ice was so weird – and I am sooooo bummed that I have to put my gear away. I tried to hold out as long as I could…
That being said, however, I did have some extremely fun adventures in this short season. (That’s putting it mildly!)
I am happiest out on the ice in extreme weather, as many of you already know 😉 . The conditions for the 2nd Annual Women Ice Angler Project trip in February did not disappoint – -30 at sunrise makes for some of the most gorgeous light on the planet.
This year’s WIAP team included professional anglers Barb Carey, Shelly Holland, Bonnie Timm, & Rikki Pardun, long time ice angling instructor Holly Hanson, writer Kristine Houtman, and myself.
The WIAP headed up to Cyrus Resort on Lake of the Woods in mid-February. We had some great food, really, really comfortable accommodations (many times ice fishing trip cabins are not nearly this nice), and fishing was productive. Barb caught and released a beautiful 40 inch pike on a Beaver Dam tip up, and the rest of us were on perch, sauger, burbot, and walleye- and a few other random things that showed up.
For those unfamiliar with the WIAP, it is an annual media event that highlights women ice anglers:
In January 2015, the Women Ice Angler Project had it’s first trip to Lake of the Woods, MN. Started as a one time media event to create positive images of women in ice fishing, the Women Ice Angler Project has continued as a way to showcase women anglers doing what they do best on the ice.
This year’s sponsors included:
- Clam Outdoors
- Aqua Vu
- Outdoor First Media
- The Great Wild Radio Show
- Fish on Kids Books
- WI Women Fish
- Cyrus Resort
- Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
We hope you enjoy the photos, and we cannot wait to head out next year!
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