Ice Fisher

Ice Fisher | Coulee City, WA | March 2019

What drives someone to hack a hole in a foot of ice, drop in a fishing line and perch for hours in sub-freezing temperatures? Sport? Nature? Hunger? One online columnist claims it’s an appreciation of winter itself — silence, solitude, and simplicity. Surroundings are reduced, he says, to the essentials of ice, water, sunlight and a warm parka. All day, fish float below. All night, stars and aurora float above. Yeah, all true. But no amount of spectacle would ease my jitters about standing on a sheet of ice over water that’s 30 feet deep.

[This week’s posts feature photos from the last days of winter in central Washington State.]