ice fishing

Discussion in 'Color' started by krugorg, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I had a day off with nothing planned, so I decided to head up to Lake Mille Lacs to checkout the ice fishing. This is a big lake in central Minnesota for ice fishing with a good deal of ice houses, private and resort managed, and a ice road system with streets lettered (so you can call in a pizza or beer delivery).

    The winter was warmer than usual here and there were some issues with people getting stranded when parts of the ice broke up early in the season
    (news article). It is pretty solid now, towards the end of the season, but they still want to make sure you stick to the plowed ice roads.

    My little Subaru on one of the designated ice roads:

    <a href="" title="ice road by krugorg, on Flickr"> View attachment 50003 "528" height="640" alt="ice road"></a>

    The ice houses range from small car portable shacks (thick vinyl) to large sleep-in houses that must be moved on sleds. It is pretty common to see satellite dishes and the more stationary shacks are LP gas heated. I did see a solar power arrays and a wind turbine or two this year.

    Some of the ice fishing houses:

    <a href="" title="sweet icehome by krugorg, on Flickr"> View attachment 50004 "640" height="456" alt="sweet icehome"></a>

    <a href="" title="icefishing shack on Lake Mille Lacs by krugorg, on Flickr"> View attachment 50005 "640" height="448" alt="icefishing shack on Lake Mille Lacs"></a>

    <a href="" title="my icehome has wheels by krugorg, on Flickr"> View attachment 50006 "640" height="437" alt="my icehome has wheels"></a>

    all photos from my E-P3 with Olympus 12/2
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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Interesting stuff Kyle.
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  3. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Regular

    Jul 13, 2010
    Great to see that ice fishing is practiced in the USA also ! I've done it a few times in Russia with some uncles of mine. We had no houses however, and couldn't call in a pizza.
    On the other hand, the bottle of vodka was never far away :wink:

    Great shot, also !

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  4. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    that's really interesting, nice photos! I particularly like the last one.
    Question: if you have a semi-permanent house there, and have gas heating, doesn't it melt the ice underneath you?
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  5. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    :biggrin: This lake is only a couple hours away from a large urban area, so it is densely populated with cabins and fishing resorts. You do still see guys out just sitting in the open and using a manual ice auger, though, like my father-in-law does. He doesn't drink when he fishes, but I know that is the main reason a lot of people do icefish here (get out of the house with their guy friends, drink, smoke cigars, play cards). :biggrin:

    Thanks. That is a great question.... I wondered the same thing when I first moved here. I think that because the ice is thick, most of the cabins are well insulated, and the outside temperature is very cold (normally), so you don't really see any melt.
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  6. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Too funny that you saw that news, Sue (I didn't catch it)! It has been such a weird, warm winter here... I am guessing they have been able to park like that in past years.

    Yeah, the more permanent houses get a little big. I have rented one before, with a group of buddies, that had 12 bunks. I did find this house for sale, if you have any interest (I am guessing we could get them to throw in a new Oz paint job):

    <a href="" title="icehouse for sale by krugorg, on Flickr"> View attachment 50040 "640" height="518" alt="icehouse for sale"></a>
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  7. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Nice series Kyle. Love the Stars and Stripes shack....can I ask why the short steel gate at the door? To stop dwarf bears and midget wolves getting in?
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  8. thekeddi

    thekeddi Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    Great photos! I would LOVE to try that one day, I love the huts, seen them in a few movies too.
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  9. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    :biggrin: Well, even if the wolves are miniature, they travel in packs, overwhelming with sheer numbers!

    Huh, I am not 100% sure on the reason for the gate, but I think it is like a little doorstep/ramp.