The setbacks on the Connecticut River, where the currents are slow, the ice stable and thick, and the fishing is fine, are among the favorite ice fishing spots in the region. Once temperatures remain sufficiently cold to freeze several inches of ice, fishing shanties, some of them decades old, begin to make their annual appearance on the river.
With a space heater and a few hot - or cold - beverages, an amiable companion or two and a few free hours, the shanties make what can be a rather demanding sport tolerable and even fun.
Vermont law requires that the shanties be removed from the ice by the last Sunday in March, which this year is the 28th. Common sense dictates that anglers always make sure the ice is safe before walking on it.