I spent Saturday morning walking the waters of Irondequoit Bay (which flows into Lake Ontario, not far from my house) and Conesus Lake, one of the Finger Lakes south of Rochester. In the winter, these waters freeze to depths of as much as a foot, making them a favorite spot for ice fishing.
Frozen Conesus Lake, New York
Fisherman drilling a hole through the ice.
The lake was dotted with dozens of fishermen patiently waiting for their catch
Some fishermen automate the process, drilling multiple holes and attaching bait to a little wooden contraption (above), which trips a flag when a fish bites.
I'm glad I didn't hear about this until after I got home:
1 Dead, 134 Rescued From Lake Erie
More than 130 fishermen were rescued after a massive slab of ice broke free from the Ohio shoreline of Lake Erie on Saturday, authorities said. One person died after falling into the water while searching for a path to the shore.