Russia has many rivers, lakes, and oceans, so it’s no wonder that Russians love to fish and that fish is an important component of their diet. Every fisherman believes he has the greatest method, but Russians are ice fishing specialists. They can finally go to work when the temps’ dip below freezing and the lakes freeze over. They begin by making a hole in the ice using an ice saw or, if it is too difficult, an auger or a chisel. They employ fatheads, wax worms, and crappies as lures. In other places, fishing is considered a macho sport, but in Russia, women are just as eager to catch a fish as men, if not more so. So, don’t be startled if you encounter any women on the ice while visiting.