Posted at: 03/12/2014 7:38 PM
Updated at: 03/12/2014 10:38 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
On the first nice day in what seems like forever, some Northlanders decided to venture out. But the traffic wasn't on the roads, it was out on the ice.
"It's a great day to be out here. for the winter we've had, we can do some fishing and we don't have to freeze. No gloves," said Jeff Swenson of Duluth.
When Swenson arrived at Brighton Beach on Saturday, there were hundreds of ice houses already dotted along Lake Superior.
"It was absolutely crazy. I got the last parking spot here," he said.
Swenson says this is a popular spot for ice fishermen. It was a slow day for him, but he guesses others might've had more luck.
"There were big schools of cohos coming through, and I have to suspect someone was catching fish," Swenson said. "We just weren't the lucky ones."
"We got out here, and soon as we put our line in we got three of them right away," Olsen said."We looked down the hole, there was hundreds and hundreds of them. Hundreds of them down there. Unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it in my life. I can't explain it."
Some other anglers who typically fish by boat...wanted to try dropping a line through the ice.
"I've never been fishing on Lake Superior and I've never caught fish like salmon or trout," said Evan Altobell of Two Harbors.
"We figured we'd try to catch whatever we could," said Randy Wermter of Two Harbors. "I'm just glad he wanted to come out with me so I didn't have to sit out here by myself."
With temperatures starting to climb, the Brighton Beach ice might not be open for business too long.
"From what I've gathered in years past if the wind's right and it warms up, this could be gone fairly fast," Swenson said.
Olson says he'll just find another spot. "I just love to be out here," he said. "I don't care how cold it is."