Less than an hour after my wake up call, Road Animal and I were rocketing up the 400 highway towards Barrie where we dropped in for bait at Rack n Reel and had a brief conversation with Penny, the knowledgeable and avid ice angling owner. Penny informed us that Barrie's waterfront, Kempenfelt Bay, and the main basin of Lake Simcoe had iced over only a few days previously and advised us stay off the ice for a few more days. So with this information we took the short drive north to our final destination.
|North end of Duckworth St.|
It didn't take long for the first bite, a fat 24" pike on my farthest tip up, quickly followed by another, slightly smaller one on Animal's. It was obvious that, unlike the previous trips to Little, today the lake was offering up it's bounty in spades. Everywhere people were answering the call of the flag. Far to the southwest, a loud cheer of approval would echo from a mixed group of a dozen Chinese anglers every half hour or so. Thankfully the majority of the fish were returned to grow and reproduce, with the occasional one kept for dinner.
|Road Animal & Typical Little Lake Pike|