SHREWSBURY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's commonplace to sit in the middle of a frozen pond for ice fishing, something that the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) said residents should be careful about.
"You have to be your own advocate for safety. You need a good seven to ten days of freezing temperatures day and night to make good solid four, five inches of ice," said MassWildlife Angler Education Program Coordinator Jim Lagacy.
Lagacy said he teaches free courses for fishing year-round, including safe beginner ice fishing classes. With the pandemic, Lagacy began to offer online fishing course for those who are not keen on heading out onto the pond just yet.
WBZ's Matt Shearer spoke to Shrewsbury local Ken about his fishing experience, who said he has caught at least a dozen fish through an ice hole on Flint Pond.
"Perch are unbelievable- they actually taste better in the winter than in the summer, the meat's a lot firmer," Ken said.
WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports.