Received From Union Sportsmen's Alliance Member Mike Higgins:
I took my wife and daughter out to my ice shack on Great Pond yesterday to try and catch white perch. I was trying a different fishing spot because my traditional perch hole wasnt producing. We put out 10 traps, though we were allowed 15. The perch were biting so well that we simply couldnt manage them all. In fact, I was getting so tired of chasing down flags, that I set a couple lines just under the ice so I could get away from the perch and have a break. I was kinda surprised to see one of the topwater traps pop up because we were fishing in 35 feet of water. My first thought was that it must be a brown trout but when I got there and grabbed the line, it was apparent that this was nothing I had ever had on a line before. I have caught some big lakers but this was much heavier. I fought this fish for about 10 minutes before I was lucky enough to direct his head into the hole. My daughter who was standing pretty close by was scared to death when I flopped him on the ice. We had been catching 10 inch white perch all morning and she had no idea that there was fish that big in the lake. She said, “Thats why I am scared to swim in lakes”. One of our favorite shows to watch is River Monsters with Jeremy Wade. Its not a river monster, but in my daughters eyes it is a lake monster!