"FISHING A SPORT?--NOT HERE
Fishing in winter can hardly be considered a sport. It
is rather hard work which deserves better than an 8 cent
cheque after a season of it." (written in 1947 by a student of Ile a la Crosse School)
make a hole in the ice about
3 by 3 feet. Then we tie the
fishing line to a jigger
which we shove through the
hole under ice. We push the
line , a jerk at a time , until
the jigger is 50 yards away .
Exactly opposite we cut a
second hole, pull out the jigger, untie the line and fasten it on to one end of the
net. Then the net is pulled
under the ice to the first
hole and fastened there to
a post in the ice."
we visit our nets, generally
with a dog team. Some use
horses. The amount of fish
we catch depends on the season and the weather-- we can
depend very little on either.
The average catch includes
pickerel, sunfish, Jackfish,
whitefish and a :few salmon
trout which weigh up to 26
pounds . . ."
"Some times we are very dis-
appointed not to find anything
(but suckers) in our nets,
whilst on other days , we pick
off as many as a hundred big
" fellers"--the poor fish~"
Raymond Ayotte (VIII)
Raymond Ayotte was a grade 8 students at Ile a la Crosse School in 1947 when he wrote this story.
Raymond Ayotte was born March 28, 1932 in Ile a la Crosse.
"Louis Roy Ayotte (his dad) owned a store, cafe, and pool hall in Ile a La Crosse. It was the local gathering place. Raymond Ayotte (his son) remembers him building barges and hauling freight and selling the wood when they arrived up to Ile a la Crosse. He sold the business to Jules Marion the MLA for the liberal government for cash." http://metis.tripod.com/roys.html
from "Island Breeze" ....December 1947 (Ile a la Crosse newspaper)
The following two photos belonging to this set were taken March 1955 on Peter Pond Lake near Patuanak.
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|.......read how a jigger board works
"The jigger is a dart-shaped plank about 6 feet (1.8 metres) long. It is equipped with a steel-tipped wooden arm running through a slot and hinged to a steel rod. A long rope is attached to the rod.
To set a net, the jigger is placed through a hole cut in the ice. The jigger is positioned so that the steel-tipped arm sticks up against the underside of the ice at the water's surface. When all is ready, the operator pulls on the rope (applies force). The rope is attached to the metal rod (the lever) on the jigger. When pulled, the rope applies force to the wooden arm, pushing it upwards and causing the steel tip to dig into the ice and propel the jigger forward a meter or so.
When the rope is released, the steel tip drops away and returns to its former position. The operator tugs the rope again and the process repeats until the jigger has moved a distance from the first hole equal to the length of the net. Sometimes the jigger can be seen through the ice, especially if it has been painted a bright colour, but usually the tapping noise made by the steel tip under the ice is used to locate it. Then a second hole is drilled just in front and the jigger with its trailing rope is retrieved.
The jigger rope entering the first hole is then tied to the gill net. As the rope is pulled from the second hole, the net enters the water through the first hole and is pulled into position, straddling the two holes."
Below are a few videos showing ice fishing with nets.