Skip navigation

Tag Archives: Ice Fishing House

I recently headed out onto the ice of Lake Menomin to photograph some of the ice Shacks that can be found on the lake. This year there were more ice shacks than normal out on the lake. they ranged from the simple clamshell to those with TV and Heat. Some of them are built from scratch and others are purchased from dealers who sell fancy ice shacks with wheels. these shacks can be hauled out onto the ice but moved to another location or lake with relative ease. You will notice that many of the ice shacks contain an name, address and phone number on the door or window. This is a state requirement so the person can be notified contacted by the DNR.

Ice-Fishing-Shack-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1032

Ice-Fishing-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1013

Ice-Fishing-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1071

Ice-Fishing-Shack-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1019

Ice-Fishing-Shack-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1023

Ice-Fishing-Shack-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1053

Ice-Fishing-Shack-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1068

Ice-Fishing-Shack-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1077

Ice-Fishing-Shack-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1078

This winter I’ve notice an unusual number of ice fishing shacks on Lake Menomin in Menomonie, Wisconsin. I had been thinking for some time that I should get out and take some photographs of the activities. This past weekend there was a fishing contest so there was a little more activity than usual on the lake. In addition, we were scheduled to get a big storm the next day so everyone was trying to get their fishing in before the storm hit.

For those of you who don’t live in the northern climates, ice fishing is a major sport in the winter. Usually in early December the ice on the lakes freezes and once the ice is thick enough to support a fisherman’s weight people head out for the fishing season. When it first starts and the ice is thin fishermen usually fish without a shelter or used a portable canvas shelter. As the ice thickens they move their ice shacks out onto the ice creating large villages out on the lake.

Ice-Fishing-Village-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1063

As I walked out onto the lake the first thing I encountered was the Lions Clunker that is parked out on the ice each winter. The local Lions Club holds a raffle each year with participants  attempting to guess when the car will fall through the ice. On person closest to the day and time wins a prize. People have tried to put salt around the car so the ice would melt quicker. One time someone tried to use dynamite to make the car go down.

Lions-Klunker-13-2-_1009

Fish-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1049Fish-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1015As I walked among the Fishermen it was clear that fishing was very slow. I only found a few people with fish. One fisherman had some small sunfish and croppies. Another fisherman had a perch but it wasn’t much bigger than the bait fish in the bucket.

Ice-Fishing-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1016Tip-up-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1033I can tell you from personal experience on of the great thrills of fishing is waiting for the flag on the tip up to go up. You never know what is going to be on the other end on the line. Hear a couple of fellows are checking their line. The tip up is marked with a cone so others out driving on the ice don’t run over it.

Ice-Fishing--Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1047Ice-Fishing--Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1044As I was walking along taking photos someone hollered to me that there was a great picture just around the corner. I was anticipating a fisherman with a large catch but it turned out to be a happy group of young people that just wanted their picture taken. I obliged them after they stumbled out of the tent. When I asked them where the fish were they mumbled something about not having a line in the water. As I walked around the tent I saw why they were so happy and what the main activity of the day was.

In order to fish on the ice you need to drill a hole in the ice. Most people use power augers so they can drill a lot of holes quickly. Unfortunately these fellows just had a manual powered auger and it looks like the ice was fairly deep.

Ice-Fishing-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1057

Ice fishing up north is frequently a family affair. When the fish aren’t biting the kids need to be entertained so a sled ride was in order.

Ice-Fishing-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1076

Not everyone can afford a fishing shack. Some folks just head out to the lake with their lawn chairs. Just another day at the beach only they are on ice and the temperature is in the teens.

Ice-Fishing-Lake-Menomin-13-2-_1083