Ice fishing is about patience. Patience and thick winter boots with toe warmers in the bottom!
The adventure begins mid-afternoon, enough time to pull the equipment out to the middle of the lake, drill a hole or two and get set up. Enough time to enjoy a few rays of sunshine, but then around dusk the action starts to happen.
The fish begin to bite; some of them just small crappies that will be thrown back, but exciting all the same.
Suddenly a tug, the bobber disappears into the dark depths, and then the challenge of reeling begins. Reel too slow, the fish may get away, too fast and the line might break. It's all worth it in the end, whether you've caught a keeper or not. Every good ice fisherman knows that it's more about the experience than the fish.