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February 18, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Ice Fisherman

• 4˚F sunny
• 14 mph southerly winds
• drill a 6 inch round hole in ice two and a half feet thick
• every 10 minutes scoop out the ice forming on the surface
• lose all awareness of feet and hands
• no evidence of fish in this bay, but watch the hole much of the day to make certain

• Recipe for fun times in Wisconsin

• Priceless


  1. Mark / Feb 18 2008 7:54 am

    I bet if you had polar bears in Wisconsin they would be all huddled up having a laugh at the fisherman. Like the orange orchid picture , great colour.

    Cheers Mark

  2. Robin / Feb 18 2008 7:59 am


  3. QuoinMonkey / Feb 18 2008 9:30 am

    It’s 1 degree here in Minnesota today, -17 with the windchills. We were out on the lake over the weekend, and let me tell you, there is no wind like lake wind! But the ice fishers love their craft. Amazing solitude. Do you ice fish?

  4. HeyJules / Feb 18 2008 9:57 am

    Are you all out of your ever lovin’ minds up there???

    Brrrr is right! (But, then again, I love the photo!)

  5. montucky / Feb 18 2008 10:03 am

    We do that around here, too. I think it has something to do with insanity.

  6. Anna Surface / Feb 18 2008 10:05 am

    Oh, what a neat photo. And a cold way to go fishing. We don’t have ice fishing here in Kansas that I know of. Do they put up huts on the frozen lakes there?

  7. Ron in L.A. / Feb 18 2008 11:10 am

    Very cool photo Barbara…


  8. organicsyes / Feb 18 2008 12:21 pm

    You sure know how to have fun in Wisconsin:)

  9. barbara / Feb 18 2008 12:52 pm

    Mark, unfortunately we keep our polar bears in the zoo and let the “icies” go it alone – no comedy show, usually.

    Robin , if we waited for nice weather to go outdoors, we’d see May through October. Can’t hide inside half the year. 🙂

    QM, I am crazy enough to fish from a boat in thunderstorms (don’t ask!), but NOT crazy enough to sit my butt on ice for the pleasure.

    Yes, Jules, totally out of our lovin’ minds. When your brain freezes, everything goes.

    montucky, something about insanity running rampant in wild places?

    anna, some of the wimps use ice shanties, but the real dudes, they go it alone. Just the ice, a bucket to sit on and a 12″ fishing pole.

    ron, thanks

    yes, susan, we certainly do know how to have fun. (Ouch!)

  10. Gandalf / Feb 18 2008 1:39 pm

    Another great thing about ice fishing – the beer stays cold.

  11. barbara / Feb 18 2008 2:20 pm

    gandalf ~ only you would think of cold beer. Anyway, wouldn’t beer freeze, or maybe not? Hmmm.

  12. jpt / Feb 18 2008 3:50 pm

    that looks like fun. i like the camo outfit. i need one for the city

  13. Gandalf / Feb 18 2008 5:08 pm

    If it freezes (and if you drink it fast enough that’s not an issue), it is still cold.

  14. barbara / Feb 18 2008 5:35 pm

    jpt ~ I’ve always thought camo to be THE look for NYC.

  15. mon@rch / Feb 18 2008 6:16 pm

    Looks exactly like a great ice fishing day, well except the fact they hike a zillion miles out to the middle of the lake!

  16. gypsy-heart / Feb 18 2008 6:25 pm

    I think this is a great photo..I especially like the little little touch of orange!!

  17. susan / Feb 18 2008 9:01 pm

    okay…now that I look at this photo again…he is “frozen” in the scene and with the white in his beard…could very well be there, frozen, until the spring thaw…

  18. Nicole / Feb 18 2008 9:25 pm

    Oh cool – that’s something hubby and I wanted to do in Hungary in 2006, but the damned lake didn’t wanna freeze 😀
    Next time 😉

    Great shot as well !

  19. David / Feb 19 2008 7:46 pm

    Nice. I used to do this growing up in Massachusetts. Brings back a couple of memories.

  20. barbara / Feb 20 2008 3:16 pm

    mon@arch – anything for a crappie

    gypsy ~ you noticed! that bit of orange is my favorite part too

    susan ~ of course he’s frozen. this is north country.

    nicole ~ everyone should go ice fishing once. that’s probably enough though

    david ~ glad you grabbed a few memories.

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