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Ice Fishermen Brave the Bitter Cold

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It's so cold that schools are closed and area events are canceled, but many of Erie's ice fishermen are not deterred by the weather.

At noon on Tuesday, about 20 shanties sat on Lake Erie off of Presque Isle's Misery Bay.

But frequent fishers say that the bitterly cold temperatures did bring fewer out than usual. The strong winds out brought wind chill temperatures -20F and lower out on the ice.
"I was surprised by how few there are out here," said Jim Walker of Erie. "It hasn't been cold like this in years. It was so cold when I was a kid that you'd throw the fish out of the ice hut and it would be frozen by the time it hit the ice," Walker said.

The Bailey brothers agree that Tuesday brought a small crowd. Both took advantage of canceled classes to spend some quality time ice fishing.

"This is the best when it's cold out because it keeps all the fishermen away and we can do what ever we want to," said Luke Bailey. "Can't miss a day of fishing, it's always the best time."

"No school, might as well be out fishing. It's -4 or -5 out, but that doesn't mean the fish aren't biting," said Nathan Bailey.

The ice on the bay appeared to be about 8 inches to a foot deep on Tuesday.

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