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Ice Fishing | Climate Wisconsin

Ice Fishing | Climate Wisconsin


– Tom Marchant: Ice fishing
in Madison starts when there’s at least four inches of ice
on the lake– for me, anyway. [drill whirring] Oh, just missed him. See if I can get him again. – Norma Marchant: You know that
almost everybody that drives by thinks you’re nuts. [gentle piano music] TOM: I’ve always liked being
outside, being out in nature. I think I’d go nuts if I had
to sit in the house all winter long. Fish tastes better
in the winter too. You don’t have all the algae
and all that other stuff growing in the water. All that isn’t in their bodies
at the time. – Norma: So you go down
until you hit the bottom, and then you just feel that tug. – Tom: Oh, there’s one
down there now. Let’s see if I can get him
to bite. It’s just a little guy. We usually get bluegills
and perch and some crappies– a lot of pan fish. Having ice on the lake affords
you to get out where the fish are,
where otherwise, all you have a chance to get
is what you get from shore, and that’s usually
pretty little fish. I think it was four years ago
that Monona had two spots that was wide open– probably a football field
length and width– that it didn’t freeze. I think the length of time
the ice is on Madison lakes is getting less. I can’t say that for sure, but
it would make it real difficult to ice fish
if it didn’t freeze over. – Norma: We actually
are more competitive than we care to admit
sometimes, but it’s friendly competition, right? – Tom: I usually
catch more fish. – Norma: I think it usually
depends on the day who catches more fish,
right, Tom? – Tom:
If you say so, dear. [both laughing]

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