Fish are an elusive prey, fleeing into reefs to evade anglers and spontaneously sprouting legs to run away from Charles Darwin. Track down slippery targets with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a two-hour ice-fishing lesson from Ice Fishing Alberta on Lake Chestermere (a $100 value).
Ice Fishing Alberta's expert guides and instructors aid beginning fishermen in getting set up and reeling in catches during two-hour ice fishing lessons. Blending how-to instruction and hands-on guest participation, teachers walk four to six pupils through hole drilling techniques and methods for properly operating sonar and underwater cameras to locate fish. While discovering how to adroitly handle their gear, students can peer up to 20 feet into the Lake Chestermere waters below as pike and perch approach their hooks and shivering mermaids rise to the surface begging for cough medicine. Customers can also opt to apply their $100 voucher through September 30, 2012, toward a full day of fly-fishing for rainbow and brown trout in the Bow River or a 7- to 8-hour ice-fishing trek, where guests can crouch in a warm hut, traverse the area with a portable ice shelter, or reach a mountain lake via snowshoe hike. Each ice-fishing lesson includes transportation, gear, jigging instruction, snacks, and pepper spray to guard against fishing-hole-usurping yetis.
Ice Fishing Alberta
Three seasoned ice anglers channels their 10 or more years of individual experience into showing others how to capture the likes of lake trout and whitefish using nothing but a rod, lure, and ancient Druidic incantation. In addition to ice fishing and fly-fishing lessons, they host three fully loaded trips that range from leisurely afternoons in warm ice huts to intense snowshoe treks through Mountain Lake.