Firefighters were called to Baitshop Bay overnight Thursday to extinguish a fire in an ice shack. Witnesses noticed the fire in the hut just before midnight on Thursday and called 911. The fire was extinguished quickly but the hut was totally destroyed. There were no injuries but owners of the hut estimate that the hut and equipment lost in fire was worth more than $4,000.00.
At this point, no one knows the cause of the fire. It could have been arson or quite possibly the hut owners left something burning in the stove and it got out of hand after they left. The cause of the fire should be known later next week. If it was a case of arson, Ottawa Police should have no trouble identifying who set the fire because of all the security cameras in the area.
As the weather warms up, this will likely be our last week on the ice. I would like to remind everyone to pay their hut storage fees if you store your hut in the Oziles hut storage area. The people at Oziles remind us that they do not haul huts until their summer storage fees are paid in full.
There was a great feature about Petrie Island ice fishing in the Local Tourist Ottawa blog. We get many media requests each season but this is one best articles I have read about Petrie Island ice fishing. Cheers to the crew from Local Tourist Ottawa blog for doing such a great feature. Read the story >>>
Several weeks ago, we saw a guy on the ice dressed as some sort of Ottawa mascot and were left shaking our heads. A little digging and we found out that he was a local area resident, Luc Guertin who has a penchant for attention and having fun at the same time! A little more digging and we find out that his summer costume is Robbie the Robot! A little weird but then it gets totally bizarre. We learned that the guy builds giant snowmen in his front yard in Orleans and he enjoys sleeping in an igloo in his back yard!
Just when we thought that we had heard it all about this guy, he was back at Petrie Island. This time he left the mascot suit at home but had returned to construct an igloo in the ice hut village! It was quite remarkable to see him construct the igloo and the end he did a great job. We have some unique people on the ice but Luc gets first prize just for making us smile. Luc, if you're around before the season ends, please stop by my hut because the beer is me. --- Big Al
The sun was shining and the temperature was cold on Saturday, February 16 in Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island. More than 110 people registered for the 4th annual PIIFA ice fishing derby which is an annual invitational derby for the ice hut owners of Baitshop Bay and their invited guests.
Derby winners included Andre Paquette with the largest legally caught fish, a northern pike weighing in at 5.79 lbs. Matthieu Leverseur with the largest panfish, a 12" crappie and Claude Brisson with the smallest legally caught fish - a six inch perch. All fish caught on derby day were released alive and healthy which is one of the regulations set by the derby organizers.
This was another year that our derby was in support of CHEO. We raised a total of $1355.00 at the event which will be donated to CHEO at their telethon in June. Thanks to our many supporters, sponsors and volunteers who made our event such a memorable eventCheck out the complete story and photos >>>
The interest probably peaks with people driving by Petrie Island on the 174. A quick look down to the ice they see the huts of all types and sizes, people buzzing around and then all those cars, trucks, snowmobiles and ATV's. Probably thinking, "Gee, that looks like fun."
Local media has always had an interest in what we do for fun. Over the years we have had visits from most media outlets in the Ottawa area including local magazines, newspapers, radio and television. This season is no different! A few weeks ago, Jeff Morrison, a blogger with the Ottawa Sun payed us a visit. Next up was CTV Ottawa's Regional Contact taped a feature on the ice Thursday, February 7. Yves from the baitshop took 'em around while they interviewed several people.
There were featured stories this past week-end on CBC radio's Ottawa Morning and CBC Ottawa television news. Both CBC stories were about ice fishing at Petrie Island and our annual derby. Both were excellent features done by CBC and are now available to listen to in the CBC archives.
Sylvain Perrier with a nice sturgeon caught at the drop-off. It was a quick photo followed by a live release.