Archived Home Page for December 12, 2008
Winter Weather Predictions
Toss a coin to see what our weather will be like for the upcoming ice fishing season at Petrie Island. The old Farmer's Almanac predicts winter will be milder and drier than normal, with below-normal snowfall. The coldest temperatures will occur in mid-December and early February. The heaviest snowfalls will occur in mid-December, early February, and early March.
The Canadian Farmers’ Almanac is warning us to prepare for the worst. “Numb’s the word!” is how the 192-year-old publication is predicting the upcoming winter season. They are saying that we can expect a “numbing” winter, during which temperatures will average below normal for much of Ontario and Quebec with an unusually wet and/or snowy February. Those are the stats from the experts, so you decide or toss a coin...
Send us your early season photos
Even though we can't drive on the ice yet, some of you might be fishing from shore or trying your luck on walking out on the thin ice of Crappie Bay. If you've have some photos, send them to us to get our 2008-2009 photo album going.
News from The Oziles Tackle Shop
Yves Grandmaitre, owner of Oziles recently told us they are now allowed to setup a chip wagon on the property. If anyone knows of a business that would like to set up for the season, contact Yves at the bait shop, 613-841-0778. This could be the great opportunity for a wagon operator that normally closes for the winter. Does anyone hear 2 for 1 Hotdog Fridays?
The Oziles' Tackle shop has recently expanded and enhanced their inventory by purchasing the entire stock of Voyageur Depot which recently closed. As well as the expanded inventory, they now repair reels and equipment.
The winners of Best Ice Hut competition were never announced at the end of last season because of the big season ending storm. Oziles plans to announce the winners and award the prizes in the first few weeks of the 2008-2009 ice fishing season. At the same time, they will be announcing another Ice Hut Competition for the upcoming season.
The details have not been finalized yet but it's looking good. Horse drawn sleigh rides could be offered by an outside provider on week-ends when weather permits.
Ice Hut Registration
All ice fishing huts at Petrie Island must be registered with the local Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources office and the registration number must be clearly visible on your hut. Your registration numbers must be at least 6.3 cm (2.5 in.) in height and clearly displayed on the outside of the hut. Registration is necessary for any type of hut except for tents made of cloth or synthetic fabric that has a base area of two square metres (21.5 square feet) or less when erected.
For the list of local offices where you can register your ice hut, go to The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website.
Before the Season Begins
All huts stored at Petrie Island should be put up on blocks before the ground freezes. This facilitates moving the huts at the beginning of the ice fishing season.
When the ice in the Bay reaches a minimum of 30 centimetres, Oziles will start hauling huts out on the ice. Depending on the weather, this usually begins in late December or sometime in January.
-- Your hut storage fees must be paid in full before the boys from Oziles will even think about hauling your hut on to the ice.
-- When the ice is thick enough, contact Oziles at 613-841-0778 to make arrangements to get your hut hauled on to the ice.
Fishing Permits and Outdoors Cards
Everyone fishing in Ontario must have a valid fishing permit and an Outdoors Card. An Outdoors Card is a plastic, wallet-sized, identification card to which your Ontario fishing licence tag is affixed. It acts as a durable carrier for your licence tag for three calendar years. Most Canadian residents need an Ontario-issued Outdoors Card and fishing licence tag to fish in Ontario if they are at least 18 years old but have not reached their 65th birthday.
Although the cards are no longer sold at the Oziles Tackle Shop, they can be purchased at the Canadian Tire on Innes Road. Make sure that all people in your hut have a valid Outdoors card and fishing permit as the Game Wardens make regular visits to Petrie Island.
The Photo of the Week
Characters on the Ice at Petrie Island (Photo by M. Foster)
We get a lot of special people on the ice each season at Petrie Island. Bidou was one of those special characters that made everyone laugh. Everything about the guy brought a smile to everyone's face whether it was his unique voice, his happy demeanor or just the "no-pressure" attitude. Sadly, this guy disappeared after the 2005 season and we never saw him again. Did he stop ice fishing? Did he move to another location? Did someone piss him off? Where is he? Bidou, we miss you... come back to Petrie Island!