Mosquito Lake ice fishers stress the importance of safety

Bone chilling weather -- you may not love it but ice fishers on Mosquito Lake say there's no better way to start 2018

Ice Fishing, Cortland


CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Ringing in the New Year with bone chilling weather — you may not love that but ice fishers on Mosquito Lake say there’s no better way to start 2018.

Most people dread freezing temperatures but to Jennifer Robinson it givers her a chance to do something she loves.

The past winters haven’t been kind to the sport — warmer winters means no ice.

A harsh reality for Causeway Bait and Tackle owner, Scott Starcher.

December’s subzero temperatures kicked off the season early — it’s a holiday miracle Starcher has been waiting for.

“These [past] two winters been really mild. I got on the ice four times last year.”

“We’re supposed to be open 6:30 to 5:00 and when I got her at 6:00 — there were people actulaly sleeping in their vehicles wanting to get in,” said Starcher.

So what drives people to sit on the ice — in the blistering cold — waiting for fish they may never catch?

Jennifer Robinson, an ice fisherman of ten years said it’s about the nature of the sport.

“It’s the camaraderie, it’s like looking at the electronics, it’s going after different species of fish.”

Robinson said for those getting out on the ice for the first time — safety is key.

“Everybody is very safety concious — no ice is safe ice. They’ll tell ya this is how deep the ice is — or this is how deep the ice is but check on your own.”

The hope is that the snow sticks around for good.

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