Quinte, On. real estate agent: Catching Fish While the Sun Shines in Quinte

Catching Fish While the Sun Shines in Quinte

Bay of QuinteUnfortunately, it's a bit too cold to be making hay at the moment, but it doesn't mean that one can't get out and about when the sun shines in winter. I took a stroll down to the Bay of Quinte and found a whole bunch of people who love to get out in the winter. These people can sit in little huts on a frozen bay, staring at a little hole they have bored into the ice, and occasionally catch a fish. It's not my cup of tea, but it seems to suit them just fine. This picture doesn't do the whole ice-fishing scene justice, as the huts are difficult to see, but I can assure you that there are at least half a dozen in this picture, they appear to be tiny specks.

Bay of QuinteThis enterprising fellow, pictured on the right, is a little more courageous than most. He's fishing in the mouth of the river, where the Trent river flows into the Bay of Quinte. It takes longer for the ice to form there, and therefore one has to be very careful about ice conditions, as the Trent is a large river and the water flow is quite rapid.

These fishermen know what they are doing. The Bay of Quinte is noted for its abundance of Walleye, and ten pound catches are not uncommon, especially in the winter. By the time spring arrives, the fair-weather fishermen will be ready to go, but these guys will have scooped them, and good for them, they deserve it. Ice fishing isn't for the faint of heart.

Comment balloon 17 commentsMalcolm Johnston • February 13 2013 08:36AM

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Malcolm~ awesome blog! And by the way, I recently read a comment saying they love weather reaching below 0...(Brrrr) that's not for me .... I look at it this way- "some like hot, some like cold, some like it in the middle, and the rest JUST LIKE IT" :)

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 5 years ago

Trent,

I really and truly enjoyed your fishing story. I was born and raised in Chicago, not a suburb of Chicago and I remember those little huts with the fishermen in the cold on Lake Michigan. After my children were born I moved to Northern, IL by the Chain-O-Lakes and even participated a few times fishing in the hut out in the cold silent winds of the north. It gave me lots of time to think and I was too busy in thought than shivering in the cold.

Thank you for this great story from Trenton, ON!

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 5 years ago

Hi Jon, I'm just trying to use up some of the sun-shiny pictures that I have taken over the last few days. It's awesome when there's a bit of colour in the sky.

 

Hi Patricia, there sure are some die-hard fishermen, and I'm sure that they enjoy the quiet contemplation that they get while pursuing this activity as much as they enjoy catching the fish.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 5 years ago

Yes Malcolm, these are happy days for ice fishermen...although its got a bit warm here now. It always amuses me how the groups of ice huts look like a squatter camp in a third world country.

Posted by Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE) over 5 years ago

We have ice fishing fanatics here well.  As this video shows.  

 

 

Posted by Ray Stockwell, Director of Product Marketing ZipperAgent (ZipperAgent) over 5 years ago

Congrats on the feature, Malcolm.  You must be coming out of hibernation now....LOL!

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 5 years ago

Hi Liz, yeah it's warming up, but there's still pretty thick ice on the bay for now. There's a bit of time left.

Haha, Ray, that's the most awesome ice fishing hut ever. Old limos are cheap too, that guys a genius.

Thanks Ron, yes, I do start waking up when the skies are blue.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 5 years ago

You have to be kidding, right? I wouldn't even go in the boat down here because the water is under 70 degrees right now. I would DIE up there!!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 5 years ago

By the way, that blue sky is beautiful!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 5 years ago

Malcom,

I love fishing, but I don't see myself doing it in the ice. I've been Steelhead fishing here in the winter, but if it's that cold the rivers are too low.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Dan Tabit (Keller Williams Bellevue) over 5 years ago

Malcolm...great photos of the ice fishing!  Definitely not my cup of tea either.  I'm hoping it quickly warms up around here...not so good for the ice fishermen!

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com) over 5 years ago

If anything, it looks peaceful.  I'm not a big an of fishing, but sitting on the ice in the middle of a river might be my thing!  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 5 years ago

Barbara-Jo, I guess we just get used to it. Dress warmly and the winter months don't seem so bad (well, actually they do at first).

Hi Dan, well as a fisherman, you should try ice fishing at least once. You might enjoy it, at least you can't fall into the water and get wet (or if you do, it's all over in 30 seconds anyway).

Hello Christine, I'm with you, I'm waiting for the warm weather myself.

Good morning Christiansen Team, actually, it is extraordinarily peaceful being out on a frozen lake, it's very quiet.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 5 years ago

Malcolm, ice fishing is a true adventure sport in my book.  I tried it once about 11 years ago.  Driving out on the lake was scary enough but then sitting in a tent with a heater on top of the ice was just crazy.  Nothing terrible happened as I was in an area that doesn't see above 30 degrees for most of the winter.  Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing!  --Krystal

Posted by Krystal Knott, Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO (LIV Sotheby's International Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Krystal, yes I must admit, it can be a little nerve wracking getting out on the ice knowing all the crappy things that can happen. Lots of people live for this though, so there's got to be something to it.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 5 years ago

We see the little fish huts all over Lake Simcoe too Malcolm when we get a chance to get up there. You're right not for the faint of heart at all and for sure not for me, but some really enjoy the sport. I just can't sit still that long for the fish to bite! Nice to hear you had a good walk on such a beautiful day. Enjoy the long weekend.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 5 years ago

Malcolm,

Fishing in cold weather is not my cup of tea either (brrr).  If you're ever down in California, we'll give you a tour of our waterfalls, hiking trails and beach.   

Warm Regards,

Posted by Carmela Jacobs, Ventura Co., Los Angeles Co., CA, & Global Realtor (Cornerstone Community Real Estate) over 5 years ago

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