The fish wasn't big, maybe a pound and a half. But as my first fish through the frozen crust, I felt as if I had conquered the angling world! A measure of success, an achievement, a rite of passage…that sort of stuff. Yes, I was the only one jumping up and down and acting like an idiot. But over the years, I found that the catching of bass through the ice was not all that big of a deal. As a matter of fact, the largest northern strain largemouth bass ever recorded, an incredible 15-pound fish, was caught through the ice many years ago in a small lake in Massachusetts. Over time, and time again, bass showed up in our mid winter catches.