Anglers Get out on the Ice
Byline: Matt Arado firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Kaple stood on frozen Herrick Lake, helping his two sons, Vince and Nicholas, get set up for a round of ice fishing on Sunday afternoon.
"This is the first time ever for us," Kaple said. "It seemed like a great way to get two boys out of the house on a winter day."
He paused and then said with a smile: "It sure beats the Wii."
Kaple was one of about 15 people who attended Sunday's ice fishing demonstration at the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton. The demonstration was led by rangers from the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.
The rangers gave a brief presentation at the beginning of the event, discussing safety, equipment and techniques. Ranger Patrick Weber said that, as a general rule, ice that's 4 inches thick is safe to walk on. He estimated that the ice over Herrick Lake Sunday was 10 inches thick.
Ranger Dan Touzios told the participants that dressing in layers was key to staying warm (and safe) while ice fishing, adding that it's important to start with a polyester layer that wicks moisture away from the skin.
Ranger John Pellegrino offered some tips for catching fish, pointing out that fish tend to be found in deeper water near items that create shelter, like patches of weeds. …