Some Brave Cold To Ice Fish, Ski At North Park

McCANDLESS (KDKA) — You wouldn’t think the deer of North Park would get much company on a day like this.

And you’re right.

But the biting cold doesn’t stop Michael Stumpf of Pittsburgh from skiing across the ice of North Park Lake.

“Being cooped up inside is not good for the mind or the spirit as far as I’m concerned,” he says. “So getting out whenever you can is good, especially with a little bit of activity is good.”

Ice fishermen like Jeremy Burgess found his trout fishing stream frozen over. So he’s ice fishing on the lake instead.

“It’s enjoyable” he says. “Nice getaway. You don’t get hassled by too many people out here.”

Fellow fisherman Dante Morsillo estimates that the ice is about six to 10 inches thick.

“Our mantra is ‘a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work,’” Morsillo says. “So we try to live by that in some ways. So, it’s nice to be out here and see the scenery and enjoy the sunshine a little bit here today too.”

They’re hoping to find trout, bass or bluegills.

“One bite warms you up quickly,” says Burgess. “One bite is all you need, really.”

Skier Michael Stumpf admits ice fishing isn’t for everyone.

“I’m not much into standing still when it’s this cold,” he says.

He figures it’s twice as nice to ski on ice.

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