You don't see many boats on the water these days, but Bill Aho of Dryden's among the commercial anglers hauling nets this fall.
"Yeah, we've been catching some good whitefish," he said late last week. "The wind has been very minimal. That makes for a nice day on the lake."
When the wind comes up, Aho acknowledges it can be tough, and there are days he won't venture out, when it's too choppy.
"It's something I've done with my family since I've been 10 or 12 years old, that's some 32 years now," he noted.
Aho starts lifting his nets before dawn, when it's calm, and he's off the water early in the afternoon, before cleaning the fish. He's able to bring in about 5,500 lb within 10 days, which he sells his catch to fish markets in Boston for delivery to Chicago.
"It's not something you get rich on," he said, noting he also enjoys working a trapline.
Precautions include a cell phone, spare motor, first aid kit, fire starting material and extra food.