Archived Home Page for February 1, 2010

Andre Chartrand
A Great Season... So Far!

It has been a great season so far with great weather and lots of nice fish. The biggest fish that we know of so far? A 15 pound muskie caught by Chris Ghazarian at the drop-off.

So far, there have been no reports of break-ins or vandalism in the bay, but we remind everyone to keep a vigilant eye on huts in your neighborhood.

" There have been a few emails to the website warning us that the season could end as early as mid-February because of the warmer than usual weather and thin ice. We think not! As of Thursday, January 21, the ice was a consistant 38 centimetres in the bay. That's right on par compared to previous seasons except for 2007 when the ice was just 24 centimetres late in January.

Jeff Morrison - The Outdoors Guy is Back!

Well known Ottawa fishing and hunting writer Jeff Morrison is back. Jeff was the outdoors columnist for The Ottawa Sun up until a year ago when he was let go due to budget cutbacks. Jeff is now back at The Sun but not as a print columnist, he now writes the outdoors blog on The Sun's website.

Follow Jeff as he blogs about Ottawa area fishing, hunting and everything else that's fun to do in the great outdoors. Jeff has already blogged about this website, now maybe we can get him on the ice for an afternoon of ice fishing at Petrie. Should we show him where the walleye honey hole is, or just let him find it for himself?

Check out Jeff Morrison's "The Outdoors Guy" blog at

Keep Your Area Clean!

Always keep a garbage can in or around your hut and empty it every day. Clean the area around your hut before you leave for the day, pay close attention to the small things like cigarette butts and bottle caps. If you leave garbage on the ice and it snows overnight, it's gone until the spring. This trash sinks to the bottom of the bay or washes up on shore after the ice melts and leaves an unsightly mess.

The PIIFA Derby Details Are In!

We have the final details for 2010 PIIFA Derby. It will take place on Saturday, February 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Baitshop Bay. The derby is open to all hut owners of Baitshop Bay and their guests.

Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

Last year's derby was the first attempt by the organizers and turned out to be a great success. This year, we are stepping up our efforts and the event will be a fundraiser for The Ottawa Regional Ottawa Regional Cancer FoundationCancer Foundation. Fighting cancer became an important cause for PIIFA after Lise Leclair was diagnosed with breast cancer just weeks after winning our very first derby. As a non-profit event, we will be giving the foundation 50% of all money raised during the event with the other 50% being returned to the participants in prizes.

The rules are the same as last year with prizes for the largest fish by weight; the largest panfish by weight; and the smallest legally caught fish. Registration for the event is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids aged 16 and under.

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 or Francine Martin on the ice or send us an email. It's all for a good cause!

Ice fishing as it was.
Ice Fishing As It Was

Ice fishing has been around since humans could walk on ice. Early North Americans would ice fish just to be able to feed their families. In the early 20th century, the necessity of ice fishing would evolve into a sport that we continue to enjoy into the 21st century. Photographic technology improved in the 20th century as the sport of ice fishing became more popular as a past-time. With the sport of ice fishing and the art of photography of the early to mid 20th century, we have gathered some amazing photos from that era.

Check out our collection of Ice fishing photos from the last century.



The Photo of the Week

The 2010 Group Photo (Photo by Ronald Zinn)

Everyone gathered on the ice at Petrie Island on Sunday, January 31 for a massive group photo. The event was orchestrated and photographed by the PIIFA webguy, Ronald Zinn. Too difficult to count everyone in the photo but we estimate about 70 people showed up.

More Photos of the week