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. "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. 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.