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Sunday, February 21, 2010

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Ice fishing is a popular sport this time of year in Maine.  Usually Maine lakes and rivers have a thick coating of ice, making skating, snowmobiling, and ice-fishing safe winter activities. Serious ice-fishermen set up shanties, or ice houses on the lake.  Some use a light-weight tent-like structure, some use wooden shacks, some get more elaborate like this:



The purpose of the "house" is to protect the sportsmen from the worst of the cold and wind.  Some actually have some sort of small heater in them.  Some models come with beds, a kitchen and in some cases, even a bathroom. These types of houses provide the ultimate in ice fishing luxury.

As the season comes to an end, these "houses" need to be removed from the lake and stored for the next winter.  Often, the "houses" are large enough and heavy enough that pickup trucks are used to carry them on to and off of the ice.

 This has not been a typical winter in Maine.  We've had less freezing temperaturess than in previous years.  (Yesterday, for example, the temperature was 53 degrees--really a rare occurance in February in Maine.)  This has caused concern for the safety of those seeking to remove or even visit their shanties.

The video below shows a Game Warden expressing his concern about the safety of the ice on Sebago Lake, one of Maine's most popular spots for ice-fishing, and the reasons for his concern..  (I apologize that the video starts off with a commercial.  I picked up the video at a television station's website, and I couldn't remove the commercial.  I was not compensated for displaying this commercial!) 
There are a couple of videos regarding ice on lakes in Maine, but the first one is the one I wanted you to see.






The video was made prior to this weekend.  On Friday, 4 vehicles went through the ice;  one landed on the bottom in an area where the lake is 40 feet deep.  Some people just don't show any common sense.  Would you drive your car or truck onto a lake? 


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37 comments:

sweetpea08 said...

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lakeviewer said...

That's some serious sport!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

My sister and her hubby do this! But they don't leave their house there all winter. Driving on ice is just plain foolish.

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

To answer your question, NO! I would not drive my car or truck onto a lake! Wow! Hope no one got hurt! My father, an avid fisherman, would love the sport of ice fishing! I don't believe he's ever tried it!

Elenka said...

Are you kidding? I'm lucky I take my car onto the roads!
I watched the same clip....yikes.
Myself, let the ice melt. I'm loving this 'warm' air.

Unknown Mami said...

That's pretty scary!

Steven Anthony said...

ice fishing scares me....you are sitting on water;( they do it allot here to, this time of yr you start seeing the houses sinking....lol

Sandra Annedore said...

There is no way that I would ever drive a truck or car on ice.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness Ava! So cool. My Daddy loves the show Ice Road Truckers. How fascinating to see. Have you ever tried it?

Gaston Studio said...

I agre with Lakeviewer, but it's not something that makes me want to rush out and try! And no, I definitely would not drive my car onto a frozen lake.

My name is PJ. said...

There are fools to be found at every turn; but, honestly this pretty much takes the cake.

I have a brother who ice fishes in MA and he's crazy...

DJan said...

Interesting, Eva. I cannot imagine ice fishing, what I think of is sitting on a shoreline with a fishing pole and sleeping contentedly, not being out there in a cold "house" on ice!

Marg said...

People are so silly sometimes. I wouldn't even walk on the ice much less drive on it. That was a great post. Very informative. I didn't know the ice fishing was so popular that people had to drive their trucks etc. out on the ice.

Skunkfeathers said...

I have ice-fished twice, and neither time from the comfort of a structure like those noted herein.

How exactly does that work...is the fishing accomplished through a hole in the ice, or just by using the screen door as a net, once the structure is sitting 40ft down?

Sonya said...

Wow thats really scary!!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Not only would I NOT drive my car onto the ice, I wouldn't even think of going ice fishing. It just sounds sooooooo cold!

Hope you're doing well Eva. Have a great week.

jj

carol said...

Wow, intense. We have a condo on a lake in the Utah mountains. There is a lot of ice fishing going on but nothing nearly as sophisticated. On our lake people just put a whole in the ice and sit on a bucket with a pole...and some coffee or bear (or both) next to them.

The Retired One said...

That happens on Lake Superior here all the time too...they drive their HUGE heavy trucks out there and then park them NEXT to each other too.
DUH!
I think they should charge them big bucks if they need to rescue them...for being so stupid!

Linda said...

I have been ice fishing a few times. We didn't have a hut though, just toughed it out on the ice. That was many, many years ago!
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JDaniel4's Mom said...

I can't imagine doing this. I am sure it is fun. I just like to be warm. Stopping by from SITS!

Eva Gallant said...

Sweerpea: Welcome!

Rosaria! It sure is! Cold, though!

Reeni: Especially when we have had such a mild winter and the wardens are advising against it!

AnythingFits: Luckily, no one was hurt, mostly because it was a fishing derby, and they prepare for such mishaps. Divers, medics, you name it, are all standing by, and the seven individuals who went through the ice were pulled out or crawled out on their own quickly. A pickup truck, some snowmobiles, and some ATV's went through the ice. The second day of the derby was cancelled.

Elenka: Could you believe how nice it was Saturday?? I'm loving it, too!

Mami: Sure is!

Steven: They said on the news that the vehicles that went through the ice must be removed within 48 hours. Good luck getting that pickup truck out!

Sandra: I'm with you on that, girl!

Kaishon: When I was a kid. my brothers used to drive their cars onto the lake, but I really think winters were colder then!

Gaston: I don't like the cold that much anymore!

PJ: Isn't everyone who lives in MA crazy?? lol

DJan: I see fishing as a summer sport, too!

Marg: It's a common sight on lakes in winter in Maine. But this winter just hasn't been cold enough!

Skunk: I'm afraid this winter, for many it will be the second option!

Sonya: I agree!

Joanna: Too cold for me anymore!

Carol: Was that a bear or a beer they have next to them when they're fishing?

Joan: You're right. I think they are responsible for the removal of the vehicles, and they only have 48 hours in which to get it done!

Linda: It was years ago for me too, and I think I only went a couple of times. Didn't like being cold!

JD4Mom: Thanks for stopping by!

Shelle said...

well i think they're crazy...but maybe that's what you gotta be just to go out there in that kinda cold in the first place lol.

Ann On and On... said...

No, I wouldn't drive anything but a boat on water..... I have so much respect for H20. Actually respect and a little fear. Thanks for sharing.

Erin said...

I never understood this "sport" when I lived in Michigan...I figured it was just a way for the guys to get out of the house and drink some beer! haha

Prairiemaid said...

How interesting, but scary!

I don't think this would be my cup of tea.

Have a wonderful week.

BLOGitse said...

hm...crazy and scary but what can I do? Nothing! :)

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tattytiara said...

As soon as I saw you use the word "usually" at the beginning of the sentence "Maine lakes and rivers have a thick coating of ice" I had a feeling this post might not end well! I personally err very very very well on the side of caution. I only trust ice on very shallow water in very cold weather.

Eternally Distracted said...

There is no way that I would even stand on the ice, let alone drive on it!!

Debbie said...

Eva...I have lived here my entire life and NO I have not ever driven a vehicle onto a lake!! I used to go ice fishing when I drank years ago but it's no fun without a fifth of booze and a pack of cigarettes!.~. I guess I lost that redneck I used to be...I got rid of it when I divorced my first husband years ago...he took it with him....thank God! Thanks for the reminder!.~.

Amy said...

We lived in Wisconsin for 5 years. There were always reports of people driving onto the ice. Um, probably not a good idea!

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Heidi said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.

People do some very odd things in the name of 'fun'!

Deb said...

Just when you think people couldn't get any stupider...they do. Many of those people were not kids, but full-grown adult bodies with pea brains. The news here in Maine is more of a comedy show than anything!

Just read that a 53-year-old man died while trying to retrieve his truck on the bottom of Sebago. Nothing funny about that.

Shelley said...

Hey Eva,
I'm already a regular follower, but wanted to pop in from SITS and congratulate you on being the featured blogger today. Hope you get lots of comment love.

Charlene said...

I live on a lake in NH and Saturday is ALL about the trucks and other such vehicles on the lake. The commotion! CRAZY PEOPLE!

Christi said...

BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Looks cold. Thats great that your spreading the word about safety precautions on the ice. Happy SITS day!

Young Yoga Masters said...

We've had a similar winter here on Lake Ontario. Although the lake is too big to freeze, we've had hardly any snow and the bays aren't freezing to make hockey rinks on!