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DEER RIVER -- If you take Jerry Zahl's words at face value, you might believe that retirement is work.

"I don't get any days off," Zahl, 67, of Grand Rapids said recently as he stood over a hole through Lake Winnie's 30 inches of ice, waiting for a hungry perch to take his bait. "All I do is check out the lake. We were up four days last week, one day so far this week."


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