Peter and Janie Pitcher of Etna drove to Moosehead Lake in hopes of participating in the sixth annual Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby in late January but were unable to register. The cold temperatures, coupled with high winds, kept many at home and registration was closed early.
The Pitchers were unfazed by this and decided to go fishing anyway.
Peter learned about ice fishing from his father and pursued the sport when he returned to Maine after his military service. However, a near drowning put an end to his enthusiasm for about 10 years.
At the urging of a friend Peter started up again and realized he still enjoyed it, and eventually Janie joined him.
“Once you start [ice fishing] you really get hooked. It’s beautiful out here,” Janie said.