Archived Home Page for March 9, 2019
Season Ending Ice Hut Removal
With the season coming to an end, here are the guidelines for the removal of your hut as recommended by The Oziles Marina. This takes a lot of coordination with you and Oziles as all huts must be off the ice by March 15.
- Your hut storage fees must be paid by the end of February. At time of payment for storage, a card will be given to you to put in your hut window. They say, "No pay, no pull, no storage".
- Hut storage is on a first come/first paid/first to pick your best storage spot basis. Oziles will do their best to accommodate everyone's request, but there are no guarantees.
- When hut removal begins, they will tow your hut when your hut is ready to be towed and when the area around your hut is totally clear of garbage and debris. To book your tow-out, ask at the bait shop or call them at 613-841-0778.
If you are not using the towing and storage service of The Oziles Marina, your ice hut must be removed from the ice before March 15. When removing your hut, make sure that you leave your area totally free of all garbage and debris including bottles, garbage, old wood and cigarette butts.
The 2019 Ice Fishing Season Continues!
Our weather forecaster, Mark Sirois says our winter will continue well into March.
Cold air remains locked in until around March 14th and then we’ll see a gradual “warming”. There should be a couple more snow storms during the first half of March (one in particular around the 15th could be large). After that we will still see snow until around March 24th, but it likely only will accumulate during nighttime hours.
To clarify the discussion on the PIIFA Facebook page, according the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, all ice fishing huts and shacks in our area (Zone 12, below the Timiskaming Dam) must be removed by the end of the day on March 15. Failure to do so could result in a serious fine.
It has been an awesome season so far and it started early. One of the earliest in recent memory and it looks like it will go right to the limit as set my the MNR.
A Spectacular View of the 2019 Ice Fishing Village
We love it when we get photos like this. Eric Theriault, owner of the Oziles Marina and Bait Shop recently went to the penthouse of the Petrie's Landing Condominiums for this great photo of the 2019 ice fishing village in Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island.
The 2019 PIIFA Derby: A Record Breaking Derby in Support of CHEO
This year's derby raised $6,355.00 for The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
In the past few years, we have been blessed with perfect weather for our annual ice fishing derby at Petrie Island and this year was no different. The weather was bright and sunny with a temperature of -5c. As with all previous PIIFA derbies, organizers outdid themselves by making it bigger and better than all previous years with 192 participants and many more sponsors. The derby raised a record $6,355.00 which will be given to The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) at their annual telethon in June.
Months of planning and legwork went into securing prize donations from both small and large businesses in the Ottawa area and we thank Dan, Mike Dubois and Anne Dumas for their efforts.
This years organizers, The Beaudoin-Tessier Family, found new ways to make even more money for CHEO. They were raffles for a Rapala ice auger and a Yamaha Generator, plus the "Plinko for CHEO" game which was hugely popular and raised well over $1,000.00 towards the final total.
A huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped make this event possible. They include this years organizers, Richard Beaudoin, Christine Beaudoin, Fionna Beaudoin and Brianna Beaudoin. Stéphane Lanthier, our sound technician. Mathieu Gauthier, Registration and weigh-in. Dan, Michel Dubois and Anne Dumas, the prize people. Big Al Macintyre, the PIIFA President. Ronald Zinn, printing, promotion and the website. Cheers to all the others who worked hard in the background including Natalie Cloutier, Anne Dumas, Dan Michaud and Sylvain Michaud.The Complete story and photos
Great Pics from the 2019 Season
We're getting some great photos from the ice fishermen of Baitshop Bay but we want more photos for our 2019 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.
Some of the most popular pages on piifa.ca!
Our Archive of past photos of the week on the website.
Photos submitted by our fellow Petrie Island ice fishermen.
Join us on our Facebook page and share your photos and stories.
Our most recent archive of the ice huts and shacks of Petrie Island.
The PIIFA Archives
Photos and Videos from the PIIFA Archives.
The Guy We Called Bidou
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!
The Photo of the Week
Some of the best photos submitted by you!
Plinko for CHEO!
One of the highlights of the 2019 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby at Petrie Island was the Plinko for CHEO fundraiser conceived and organized by derby organizer Rick Beaudoin. The game raised more than $1200.00 for CHEO and winners won some great prizes including a tool kit, a week-end getaway, an ice auger and more.