Ice fishing on Moosehead Lake

Posted Feb. 25, 2013, at 8:12 p.m.
Janie Pitcher (left) and her husband Peter of Etna walk to their ice shak on Moosehead Lake in late January. They said that the lake froze later then usual, delaying the start of the season.
Janie Pitcher (left) and her husband Peter of Etna walk to their ice shak on Moosehead Lake in late January. They said that the lake froze later then usual, delaying the start of the season. Buy Photo
Peter Pitcher drills a hole for ice fishing on Moosehead Lake near Rockwood in late January.
Peter Pitcher drills a hole for ice fishing on Moosehead Lake near Rockwood in late January. Buy Photo
A tip-up ready for action set by Peter (left) and Janie Pitcher of Etna on Moosehead Lake.
A tip-up ready for action set by Peter (left) and Janie Pitcher of Etna on Moosehead Lake. Buy Photo
Peter Pitcher of Etna reacts as a gust of cold wind catches him while drilling a hole for ice fishing on Moosehead Lake near Rockwood in late January.
Peter Pitcher of Etna reacts as a gust of cold wind catches him while drilling a hole for ice fishing on Moosehead Lake near Rockwood in late January. Buy Photo
Peter (left) and Janie Pitcher of Etna get their equipment organized when they arrive at their ice fishing shack on Moosehead Lake near Rockoow in late January. In the background is Mt. Kineo.
Peter (left) and Janie Pitcher of Etna get their equipment organized when they arrive at their ice fishing shack on Moosehead Lake near Rockoow in late January. In the background is Mt. Kineo. Buy Photo
Janie Pitcher (left) and her husband Peter of Etna set a tip-up while ice fishing in Rockwood on Moosehead Lake in late January. &quotWe probably will not catch anything here, but it's just fun to be out fishing," Peter Pitcher said.
Janie Pitcher (left) and her husband Peter of Etna set a tip-up while ice fishing in Rockwood on Moosehead Lake in late January. "We probably will not catch anything here, but it's just fun to be out fishing," Peter Pitcher said. Buy Photo
Peter (left) and Janie Pitcher of Etna take shelter in their ice fishing shack on Moosehead Lake near Rockwood in late January. The strong wind coupled with the 10 F temperature made the heat of the tiny wood stove in the shack a very welcoming feeling.
Peter (left) and Janie Pitcher of Etna take shelter in their ice fishing shack on Moosehead Lake near Rockwood in late January. The strong wind coupled with the 10 F temperature made the heat of the tiny wood stove in the shack a very welcoming feeling. Buy Photo

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.

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