On a sunny Friday afternoon in early April, the Up Here team powered down their computers, hopped onto a couple snowmobiles and headed about 20 minutes outside of Yellowknife to go ice fishing. We're working on a feature for the June issue that's all about the fish of the North and—ice-cover be damned—we were determined to get a taste. Lucky for us, visiting photographer Stephanie Hansen was along to document the day and its enthusiastic cast.
We rode out to Duck Lake in style...
...and got quickly to work.
At least one of us did. (Thanks to tour-guide-for-the-day, Darcy Bourassa.)
Herb was the first to fish his wish. (Editor's note: Apparently this is a 'Go Fish' term?) Good thing he was paying attention during the stick-pull event at the Arctic Winter Games because this jackfish had spit out his hook and he had to pull it from the water.
Elaine keeps a close eye on her line.
...and it was worth the wait (and getting Stephanie out from behind the camera.)
To have a taste of our hard work.
As well as some whitefish and burbot we brought along to try out.
Yep, that was a good day...
Check out the gallery for more of Stephanie's photos.