• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Let’s Go Fishing!…ON ICE!!

I was able to rekindle a long lost pastime of mine on Thursday: Ice fishing.  My brother is an avid ice fisher and goes out on the lakes up here in Ely nearly everyday that he gets a day off of work.  On Thursday, we went out fishing on an isolated lake up here by the Echo Trail.  We packed up a sled full of ice fishing gear, including the Clam fishing house, gas auger, heaters, tip ups, lanterns, and of course poles and bait.  Then, we revved up the snowmobile!  Since the lake is relatively land-locked, the only way to get to it is by hiking or by snowmobile/wheeler.  We opted to hook the sled up to the snowmobile and travel through the winding path in the woods to the lake, where we were the only ones in sight on the lake. 

We set up the fish house after drilling 4 holes with the gas auger, leaving two holes outside of the house and two inside.  We set up the tip ups on the outside holes and then got situated inside the fish house with our slip bobbers and poles.  It was so fun to sit and chat with my big brother and catch up while waiting for the fish to start biting.  That’s one of my favorite parts of fishing!  By around three in the afternoon, the fish began to bite like crazy!  Every time our line went down, a fish would be hitting on it.  Our tip ups didn’t have any action until about three thirty, when both of them went up only minutes apart from each other.  I pulled up the first tip up, and on the end of the line was a ten pound northern!  On the other line, my brother pulled up a 4 or 5 pound northern.  So awesome!

We ended the day with the two northerns, about ten crappies, and about another ten sunfish.  It was successful and wicked fun!  I admit, it was a little cold, but with proper clothing and a set of hand warmers, nothing could keep me away from fishing out there!  I hope to do it again really soon.

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