Archived Home Page for December 30, 2011
Gentlemen... The Season is on us
Just a few weeks ago many were panicking, wondering if the 2012 ice fishing season would ever happen because of the unseasonably warm early winter weather. Father Nature has finally come through with some cold nights to thicken up the ice in Baitshop Bay. While one hut is already on the ice, this one is a light weight and everyone else will have to wait at least a few more days. The present ice thickness in Baitshop Bay averages at 8 to 9 inches, so we need just a few more cold nights to officially launch ice-on 2012. People close to action tell us there will be no activity this week-end but hut towing could begin as early as Monday, January 9th. A more likely scenario would be major on-ice towing beginning the week-end of Saturday, January 14.
The long range weather forecast is looking good at this point but nothing is guaranteed because of the weird weather we have seen this season. The baitshop will not tow any huts out until the ice has reached a minimum of 12 inches. Check into this website often for the latest information and the latest ice thickness reports. As always, if you been on the ice, submit an ice report to help keep everyone informed of the latest conditions.
To Reserve your towing time, stop in at the Oziles baitshop or call them at 613-841-0778.
Great Pics from The Currrent Season
We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we more photos for our 2012 Anglers Gallery. How was your week-end? These people had a great time. We wanna see your photos!!! Send us your best pics using the email link at the bottom of the page.
Coming events for 2012 at Petrie
The 2011 PIIFA Invitational Ice Fishing Derby has been penciled in for Saturday, February 11, 2012. This is a private derby open to all hut owners of Baitshop Bay, Petrie Island and their guests. Our derby has proven to be popular in past years with tons of fun and prizes. Again this year, all profits raised in the derby will be given to CHEO at their annual spring telethon. Cost to enter the all day event is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids, 16 and under.
Also on the calendar for 2012 is our annual group photo scheduled for Sunday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. near Big Al's hut.
Check out the complete details of the 2012 PIIFA ice fishing derby on The 2012 Derby Page.
Memories of our Childhood
Most of us have been fishing since we were kids. Many of us have memories of Dad or an Uncle taking you out fishing for the day to some distant lake that really wasn't that far away. Seeing that red and white bobber going under and getting the chance to pull in a big one like a perch or a sunfish. Chances are you also you have some old photos of that first "big" fish and we would like you to share one of those photos with us. This is not a contest but just a chance for everyone to share their photos of their early fishing days. If we get enough photos we'll create a page just for them.
Have You tried the PIIFA Forum?
The PIIFA Forum is probably the most underutilised part of our website. Have you checked it out? This is the place to go to brag about your recent big fish... or tell us about the one that got away. It's a place to tell everyone about your tips about catching huge walleye. You can complain about all those dogs barking or the guy you saw littering. You can post an ad for something that you want to buy or sell. Did we mention you can even upload photos?
There are few rules to the PIIFA forum but we ask that you be over 12 years old (for legal reasons), no profanity, no spamming and as always, no love personals.
The Photo of the Week
Eager to Start the Derby (Photo by Steve Barnett)
My son Jeremy went fishing a few weeks ago at Petrie Island. He arranged for me to pick him up late in the afternoon. Since the day was very mild, I naturally thought that he would be fishing from shore. To my horror I found him fishing way out on the thin ice near Petrie Island. He assured me that the ice was thick enough to walk on.