Braving the cold to ‘jig for fish’ on Rose Valley Lake

Each year, frozen bodies of water in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, and across the world, are dotted with fishermen jigging for fish.

It’s a time to enjoy the fresh air, the peaceful outdoors, community with other fishermen and, hopefully, to finish the day with a catch for dinner. In Lycoming County, Rose Valley Lake plays host to many outdoor adventurers who brave the cold because they love the hunt.

Two young fishermen from the Pennsylvania College of Technology shared their love of the sport recently.

Noah Shuey, of Hershey, began fishing as a young boy but didn’t take up ice fishing until just last year when some friends at Penn College encouraged him to try it out. Shuey, 20, encouraged other young people to get involved in the sport, saying it’s the best way to keep the practice alive.

Jacob Cornish, of Michigan, and a senior at Penn College, began fishing off his aunt and uncle’s dock as a child in upstate New York and first tried ice fishing about six years ago. He uses his time on the ice as a welcome relief from the busy college life.

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