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ThumpThumpThump Goes the Ice Shack Wall!

January 11, 2010

Thump! Thump! Thump! – The sound we all wait to hear, huddled and warm inside the ice fishing shack. The events that follow are nothing short of a race to see who can reach the flag first. Crowded anxiously around the black hole of ice and water, waiting for the fish to appear is an exciting event indeed! A worthy substitute to an evening of dry fly fishing, especially in northern Maine…

The 2010 ice fishing season on Eagle Lake has been uneventful for most thus far. After more than two full days of fishing, only two specimen have fallen victim to the mighty Up’North Ice Fishing team (ha ha ha). One fish even lived to tell about it!

This past Saturday was the first frigid day to come over northern Maine in almost a week. With wind chills down below zero, the once slushy lake finally transformed into a solid sheet of ice, much to the delight of our boots and socks. Still, while we managed to stay dry, the day of fast fishin’ action we had hoped for never seemed to materialize. However, for just half an hour on Saturday we had a glimmer of hope!

Two Togue found their way through the ice during the early afternoon hours, the first caught by Josh Caron, and the second by Bud Soucy. The Togue that tipped Josh’s flag was just shy of 20 inches and a little over 2lbs. Not a beast, but still a good fish to kick off the year! Bud’s fish hovered somewhere around the 15 or 16 inch mark, a measurement that awarded the lucky fella a return trip to the icy depths of the lake. While it was a beautiful fish, he still has some growing to do before he becomes the trophy we so patiently await.

His face says it all, it's really cold outside! But there is simply no time to grab a jacket when you hear pounding on the ice shack wall! (Bad timing Josh, but an instant classic if I do say so myself)

Togue (aka Lake Trout)

Bud carefully retrieves his fish while the crowd anxiously awaits!

Bud Soucy releases a Togue on Eagle Lake. Catch and Release, no matter what season we fish!

Congratulations to both fishermen for catching the first two fish to be featured on Up’North for the new year. Keep up the good work, as always it was an absolute pleasure sharing the water (or ice) with both (or all) of you. I look forward to what the rest of the Ice Fishing season has in store!

Tight Lines,


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2010 4:49 am

    What’s that hard white stuff all over your lake?

  2. January 12, 2010 9:57 am

    Nice Lakers for a first ice trip!

    My usual Laker spots aren’t frozen yet but we’ve been out hitting sunfish, perch, pike, pickerel, and bass on tipups and jigs since mid December. As much as I love fly fishing, ice fishing is a close second.

  3. January 11, 2010 9:45 pm

    here I thought the telltale thump was the warden knocking. Where’s your fish?

    • January 11, 2010 9:50 pm


      I actually don’t have any traps. I really should invest in some. Probably next season when I know I’ll actually be around Northern Maine for Ice Fishing for more than a few weekends.

      Mr. Roughfisher, you know I’m a river rat, no matter what the season.

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