Even in the coldest winters, when Lake Abashiri is frozen solid, wakasagi (Japanese smelt fish) is alive and well under the ice. Ice-fishing is a popular experience here that attracts droves of budding and experienced fishers each year. Dress in your warmest clothes and head out with the help of a professional fisherman. Sets including everything you need, from poles and bait to tents to keep you warm, are available to rent, so beginners need not fear. Once you’ve caught some wakasagi, enjoy a delicious lunch as you fry them on the spot, tempura-style!