Driving around Maine's lakes regions in the winter time, visitors will notice a number of tiny shacks sitting on the lakes' frozen surfaces. Inside these shacks ice-fishers are keeping an eye on the lines they've laid under the ice. When a bright orange flag goes up, dinner is caught.
Although they are built simply, the shacks manage to stay surprisingly warm inside. The day begins by cutting holes in the ice and dropping lines into the holes. A flagging mechanism is attached so that when a fish bites the line the flag shoots up.
Ice fishing is a great way to get outside on a winter day and have a unique Maine experience. Guides are available for first-timers.