Harry Truman and Bess Wallace on a fishing trip, Little Blue River, circa 1913. L to R: Mrs. Emma Southern, Bess holding fishing pole, Harry Truman, Frank Wallace and Natalie Ott. Harry S. Truman Library, #84-80.
Winter is a great time for those without a boat to wander the lake looking for the "good fishing spots," as they are no longer hindered by fishing only from the shore. Be safe: Always check for ice thickness before venturing out onto a frozen lake. Stay away from aerators, and places where the water may be flowing under the ice.
A young boy, hoping for a "big one," fishes through one of the ice holes. The poles used for ice fishing are generally inexpensive. This boy is using a homemade "jigging" stick, which will work just fine for panfish.
Fishing is a popular activity along the Mississippi River and its floodplain lakes. Canoeing and kayaking is also popular. Fishing from canoes and kayaks is a popular way to spend the day in the park. Fish are plentiful and can be very large.