Family embraces the cold to ice fish


For one family in Dickinson spending time outside in these freezing conditions is actually enjoyable.

“I look at the forecast, and I am just waiting for negative degrees, so we can get out on the lake,” said Mike Osete.

For his brother – in – law, Carlos Anderson, there is no better place to fish than Patterson Lake.

“There is tons of variety here. We have have crappie , walleye, perch”.

Carlos and his brother Alex have been ice fishing since they were kids, but a couple of years ago  they got Osete hooked on it.

“I’m fishing on ice. I’m fishing on a lake. No boat and a lot of people don’t get to experience this stuff. Pulling a fish though the ice is one of the biggest adrenaline rushes you can have,” said Osete.

Sometimes during the course of having fun, the family fights over who get to use the fancy fishing equipment with sonar.

“Alex has the nice one. Big digital screen and fancy technology that we don’t have yet,” said Osete.

The ice at Patterson Lake was about 10 inches thick on Tuesday, but the group of guys have fished on ice a lot thinner.

“Three to for four clear inches of ice is good ice to walk on, ” said Alex Anderson.

However, Osete said walking on thin ice isn’t good sometimes.

“Its not fun falling through the ice. I’ve don’t it once”.

The guys jokingly consider themselves great fisherman with some legendary catches

“Well they just restocked it. We drained it . . . ” said Osete.

 But on this particular day  . . . the fish were no where to be seen.

The family said they also enjoy fishing on Lake Sakakawea, but they will be heading to Devils Lake to fish next week.

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