Ice fishing takes patience, a willingness to brave the elements, and a good attitude.
At Chapman State Park, there was almost a foot of ice on the lake Thursday. Fishermen who did not have electric augers were in for a workout.
Other than that, conditions were good.
Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
When life gives you ice...
Tim Richards of Warren fishes Thursday through the ice at Chapman State Park.
According to Tim Richards of Warren, the temperature - in the mid-20s - was fine. He stayed warm by layering his clothes and drinking hot tea. His cooler was not filled with lunch. Rather, it held extra gear to keep warm. The cooler was also his seat. Positioned in front of it was a 20-pound propane tank with a heater attached.
His preparations for the weather were less important Thursday. "Last week it was really windy," he said.
The lack of wind made for a pleasant day.
It was just as well. His luck wasn't so good Thursday.
Two days after catching his limit of three trout in 15 minutes, Richards was on the ice from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. without a single fish to show for it.
"It's part skill, part luck," he said. "A lot of luck."
Several other anglers had come and gone while Richards plied his five lines, four on pop-up rods. The minnows and jigs he was using just weren't bringing in any fish.
Richards said he may try his luck at Allegheny Reservoir next.
The benefits outweigh the cold. "It's relaxing," he said. "When you catch fish, you have fish."