Today, 9 & 10’s Jenny Buechel takes us out
onto the ice of Grand Traverse Bay. There, she shows us not just how to ice fish
but the best way to catch the biggest prize. Today’s “Hometown Tourist” – ice fishing off
of Old Mission Peninsula. We’re out on East Bay today heading out with
Sport Fish Michigan. We’re going to see what we can catch out here
on Old Mission Peninsula. We’ll see you out there. If you’ve never done it, driving on Grand
Traverse Bay is just surreal. The wind is wild, the ice is slick, and the
space feels totally infinite. Not to mention – the water is solid.
frozen two years in a row. For us, it’s about a 2-mile ride to our shanty. Our guide today is Captain Ben Wolfe, teaching
this first-timer all the ropes of ice fishing. Oh, this is so neat. This year, we’re really starting to get going
out here on the bay. We’re really just excited to start getting
into it and really see what’s down there. We had a couple of 8-pounders our last trip
out, so the potential is very, very good for a really nice fish.
ready for immediate fishing. Even the ice holes are drilled. But if you want to cover more ground…
of holes in different depth contours really trying to figure out if there’s a certain
depth that the fish like, and are they keying on it.
whitefish, and burbot, a freshwater cousin to cod.
of a stiffer action rod that can handle the beefy, larger species.
in the hole and we’re just going to let it go.
by popping the rod about a foot up and down.
of terrible, awful jokes.
it’s all a waiting game.
even if I tried. (laughing) No. Maybe the fish are tone deaf!
earlier that morning.
a really nice, keeper lake trout. And a really beautiful whitefish.
is really all about the experience.
rarely freezes is really a treat. To be able to be out here where, normally,
we’re only in a boat.