Archived Home Page for January 4, 2010
Gentlemen, Start Drilling Your Holes
The 2010 season has begun. It all started the morning of Thursday, December 31 when 4 huts were quietly moved on the ice. News of huts on the ice travelled fast and hut owners from all over the region scrambled to make arrangements to join the action. The baitshop was closed on New Years Day, so everyone had to wait until January 2 when more than 20 huts were moved on to the ice. Even with the snowy weather on January 3rd, another thirty huts were moved on bringing the total to 50 in just 3 days.
With many new huts this season, we expect to see up to 100 hundred huts in the ice fishing village of Baitshop Bay at the peak of the season. Thanks to the guys at Oziles for making the start of the 2010 ice-on so smooth.
Conditions were mild and slushy on opening day but quickly turned windy and cold with moderate snow. A few northern pike were caught on opening day including Paul Cazabon's three pounder pictured here. News from the Baitshop Bay drop-off included many larger fish including an 11 pound muskie.
Baitshop Bay from Above
At the peak of the 2009 ice fishing season, Oziles' owner, Yves Grandmaitre took a trip to the top of Petrie's Landing Condominiums for some fantastic winter photos of Baitshop Bay.
We featured one photo on the website late last season and it was a big hit. Now we have the entire set from Yves featuring views of the frozen Baitshop Bay in a series of four sections in panoramic view.
At the time, Petrie's Landing Condominiums' first tower was in the first phase of construction on the south shore of Baitshop Bay. The series of pictures runs west to east from Trim Road to eastern most point of the bay.
The 2010 PIIFA Invitational Derby
We will be holding the second annual PIIFA Fishing Derby on February 27, 2010 and we are counting on everyone who enjoyed last year's successful event to participate again in 2010.
Plans are still being finalized but here's what we have so far: The rules with the same as last year with prizes for the largest fish; the largest panfish; and the smallest legally caught fish. The entry price for participants will be $20.00 with all profits going to Ottawa area cancer research. The derby is open to all hut owners of Baitshop Bay and their guests.
We have lined up a few sponsors for prize donations but are looking for more. If you or your company would like to donate, please contact Big Al on the ice or send us an email.
Stop Fishing on Sunday, January 31st at 1:00 p.m.
Yes, stop fishing on Sunday, January 31st at 1:00 p.m., but just for 15 minutes. We're getting everyone together for a massive group photo of everyone who fishes in Baitshop Bay.
It doesn't matter who you are or whether you own a hut, we want everyone in the photo who is at Petrie that day. The photo session will take place in front of Big Al's hut and will go on no matter what the weather is like. It could take a few minutes to get everyone organized and in the right position and we'll probably take many photos, so plan on being away from your hut for up to 15 minutes. Mark it down on your calendar: January 31st at 1:00 p.m. The best photos will be posted on the website and we expect to make this an annual event.
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The Photo of the Week
Massive Global Warming Protest (Photo by Guy Jolivet)
To protest the delay of winter and the up and down temperatures of recent weeks, protesters gathered on 10th Line Road in Orleans in an effort to save winter and the ice fishing season. The crowd was quickly dispersed when it started raining.