He continued, "One of the main things that fishermen must know is that they must get the vehicle out. It's important to remove them as quickly as possible. We want to make certain that no fluids leak out."
Another common belief is that as soon as a vehicle ventures onto the ice, the owner's insurance policy is null and void. However, after speaking with a number of insurance agencies, I could still not get a clear answer.
Despite such facts, the comfort and portability of today's convenient pop-up ice fishing shelters have made it much easier to haul a shanty out on the ice, which should eliminate further prospects of more anglers attempting to imitate an olive in a very cold martini.
Ice fishing on Lake Champlain
in the 1940's
While present day ice fishermen may bemoan the lack of smelt in the Big Lake, I recently uncovered an interesting summary of a survey conducted back in the 1940's. The information comes from an article authored by Ray Bender, Essex County Agricultural Agent which was published in the Winter 1946, NYS Conservationist magazine.
"A joint survey by the conservation departments of New York and Vermont counted 1,203 fish shanties out on the ice; and huddled in them were 1,941 fishermen.
In 8,010 hours they caught 33,243 fish of which 66 percent were smelt and 30 percent yellow perch and the balance walleyed pike, herring and miscellaneous species."
The same publication offered this description of winter life in the North Country.
"It's a country which has 10 months of winter and two months of darn poor sleighin', and the winter's so long that the Fourth of July doesn't come sometimes until late in August."
Unfortunately, the first Adirondack Sportsmen's Show, originally scheduled for Feb. 27 - March 1 in Queensbury, NY has been postponed to Sept. 11-13, 2009.