2017-03-15 / Front Page

No tall tale

Jim ice fishes for reel
BY ERIC LEVINE
810-452-2689 • elevine@mihomepaper.com


Jim Hill displays his catch of the day! 
Photo by Sara Dickendesher Jim Hill displays his catch of the day! Photo by Sara Dickendesher Sitting in an ice shanty last week, Jim Hill hooked a rainbow trout.

But he wasn’t at a lake, a river, or stream, and temperatures were well above freezing.

Instead, the 86-year-old resident of Stonegate Village Assisted Living in Sandusky had fishing pole in hand, and a trough of water in front of him containing a dozen live trout – just outside the east door of Stonegate on Argyle Street.

The folks at the assisted living facility, together with Hometown Hospice of Lapeer, had improvised the fishing event. They had covered the small trough with a sheet of white Styrofoam — to simulate ice — and cut a round hole to drop the hook, baited with either a worm or minnow, into the water.

“Since he’s been here, as soon as it starts to get cold, he says, ‘I want to go ice fishing,’ tells me stories (about fishing),” said Sara Dickendesher, director of patient care at Stonegate.


Jim Hill tries to hook a trout while Chris Klepoch of Hometown Hospice looks on. 
Photo by Eric Levine Jim Hill tries to hook a trout while Chris Klepoch of Hometown Hospice looks on. Photo by Eric Levine “As his health declined, and he started the journey on hospice, we decided…let’s just get a trough, fill it with water and fish. Jim wanted perch, but they’re out of season.”

Hometown Hospice of Lapeer, which provides services to Stonegate’s residents, provided the portable ice shanty and the trout — compliments of Imlay City Fish Farm.

Jim enjoyed himself, and said it was also “nice for the old” residents who also took a turn with the fishing pole after him.

After the fish were caught, Jim and fellow Bob Foster cleaned the trout that were then fried and eaten.

The former Peck resident said he used to be an ice fisherman, going out on Saginaw Bay and small lakes.

“The worst day of fishing is better than the best day of work,” he said.

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