(KCAU) — John Grosvenor has worked as a fishing guide for about 20 years.
Good weather, above 40 degrees, meant it was warm enough to stay outside instead of fishing from a cabin. With about 16 inches of ice under their feet, it was a great day to fish.
“So I’ve been doing this for 20, 21 or 22 years now. Something like that,” Grosvenor said. “My grandfather was always riding in Canada when I was little in the early 60s. My first trip up there, I was probably 3 or 4 years old, and… Ah, I remember catching a north and for thinking ‘Oh that’s big.’ Eventually I found my way to do this, and it was never really a goal. It happened by accident.”
Grosvenor said blue-sky, cloudless days tend to be some of the toughest days on the ice. While he was able to locate the fish, getting them to bite proved to be a tedious task.
“Now there are three marks above the bottom and that’s the fish. This little green mark going up and down is my bait. So I jerk off like this. They know it’s there. They’re just not aggressive right now,” Grosvenor said.
Determined to help the people he guided catch fish, Grosvenor came up with a different plan.
“New game plan. We’ll run to the north end and maybe in an hour they’ll start biting up there.
Grosvenor said he enjoys the job because he thinks it’s great fun to see people during the happiest times in their lives.
“They will remember this big fish they caught here and the day they spent on the lake. They will remember it forever,” Grosvenor said.
“Here. Good job. Oh, that’s even better. Biggest part of the day!” cried Grosvenor.
Grosvenor said he was more eager to watch people catch fish than to catch them himself.
Grosvenor shared that there were times when they knew it might be the last time some of their members were going to spend their last time in a boat, and all they wanted to do was fish. .
“I have a guy from Nebraska. His name is LeRoy and he is coming on his birthday in February, and he will be 99,” he said.
Grosvenor added that his favorite part of the job is seeing the reactions of the people he helps fish.
“…Just being with people and seeing their reaction. It’s so cool, and you go to bed at night knowing these people had the time of their lives,” Grosvenor said.