Ice Fishing - We Walk on Water Here
A Typical House
If you live around here, eventually you will probably be introduced to ice fishing.
I, personally, am too terrified of the ice noises to go. When you are sitting on a fish house and there are cracking noises, I have been assured that it is making ice. To a rational adult, it means the ice is getting thicker. To me, it means we are going in the lake.
I notice that Madison Lake is so proud of their fishing, there is a fishing hook on their water tower. How cool is that?
A Few Words
The fishing community begins after the first daring souls venture into the ice. Once there is one fish house, there will soon be many. In one spot. People tend to put their fish houses next to other fish houses. It's a big lake. They should move their house to a different spot.
Hopefully, the ice will hold them all.
It's funny, though. The people who drive by the lake all summer, know it is a lake. Now, it's frozen, and they think it's a field. It's still a lake. It's deep. The water is cold
If you fall through the ice, it's a scary few moments of certain death, or pure pluck. Then, making it to a warm place. Hope you can find it, and soon!
Ice fishing rods are similar to any other fishing pole, except that they are very short in length. This is because there is no casting. Nope. Repeat, there is no casting.
You drill a hole in the ice and drop your line down the hole. Then, instead of fishing horizontal, you fish vertical. In a boat there is the dragging your lure through the water. In ice fishing, you move it up and down in a process called jigging.
Fish houses have a hitch (and wheels) so that you can hook them up behind your truck, and then 4-wheeler to your fishing spot. In case you don't know,. Four wheeler is a motorcycle with four wheels that many use to transport themselves to a fishing spot.
Never thought about this before, but a "fishing hole" could very well describe ice fishing. An ice auger is used to drill a hole through the ice. It's like a huge drill bit. Most have a motor attached. It drills a hole and then, the ice shavings are removed from the hole with a sieve spoon.
The old fishermen talk to each other about where to go. To kill time, they take apart old campers and convert them into new fish houses. It is a distraction. Once that ice is good to go, the project will collect dust.
A Fish House Base
The fish house is on wheels. The wheels flip up at the lake so the house can be flush with the ice. Later, the wheels will be flipped back down.
Inside, there are the comforts of home. Bunks. Lights. Chairs. Cooking supplies. Generator. Television. Toilet bucket. Food. Beverages.