MINERVA - What does two feet of ice matter when there are fish to catch, chili to eat, and a great time to be had? The ice augers were out and Minerva Lake was peppered with holes during the First Annual Minerva Two Tip-up Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 7.
A total of 33 registered ice fishermen/women were out on the lake trying their luck on a comfortable day that yielded both fish and a heck of a good time. Steve McNally, one of several organizers of the event, agreed that, "..... the day was a great success." Only two tip-ups per registrant were allowed, and that really was plenty, as the fish indeed were hauled in from the icy depths of Minerva Lake.
Along with the excellent chili, steaks for grilling and various beverages were brought out on the ice for what was essentially a snowmobile tailgate party for a big crowd of participants and observers. The trip to the lake was worth it for everyone, but especially for Shannon Meehan of Minerva, who hauled in a 24" northern pike as well as $380 in prize money for hooking the biggest fish of the day.
One does not need to travel to far away places like Schroon Lake in order to find great ice fishing - one can look in their own backyard, especially if Minerva Lake is the item in the backyard. If you missed the first annual tournament this year, look for the second annual event about a year from now on Minerva Lake. Check out the world of ice fishing - it really is something else.