If You Don't Ice Fish...You wouldn't understand

3/30/09 @ 10:16 AM
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n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02
I'm all for ice safety. I'd say that all of us probably are. But so many aspects of ice fishing seem very dangerous to people who don't ice fish themselves. For example, connecting a ladder to the main ice on a lake, or wearing chest waders and hopping on the main ice shelf is not really a dangerous activity if you know the lake well enough. Especially if the water you are crossing to get to the ice is shallow and the water you are going to be fishing is shallow. Many people though, think it's crazy that I do such a thing. But, I don't think it's very risky when I'm drilling through 15 inches of ice on the main lake. The shores pulled away a little bit, but no big deal. Any other examples you can think of where If you don't ice fish, you wouldn't understand...
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1/29/14 @ 10:21 AM
hunt-fish-eat
hunt-fish-eat
USER since 12/31/09
You can't make the argument for banning permanent shacks because of garbage or hogging a spot. I for one have a permanent ice shack and it is legal by law to leave it on the site I choose. I don't leave behind garbage. I spend over 200+ hours in that shack every season and that is on the low end. My friend and I spend nights out there frequently and put in the time to locate fish and structure. You can't be comfortable in a portable shack over night with 2 people let alone 1!

It is not hogging a spot either. I don't have a problem with people asking to fish near me. If they invade my space without asking is when I have a problem. They see me catch fish and want to move right into my holes and soon our lines are tangled. That is disrespectful. In my opinion, setting out tip ups is considered my spread on the ice. It is similar to boat fishing with multiple lines out. Get in between my lines and my location and we have an issue. However, I do fish on a lake where there is a similar weed line around the whole lake with similar structure.

I put in the work and buy equipment to help me locate the best spot to fish so why must I be forced to give it up? My fishing license cost the same as yours!

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1/29/14 @ 9:11 AM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01
I don't condone folks leaving garbage by permanent shacks or using them as a bathroom but what's wrong with people using permanent shacks as a wind break, especially if the owner isn't there? They're on a public waterway.

If permanent shack owners fault others for using their shack as a windbreak or wanting to fish the structure their shack is over when they're not there, then they obviously feel that their shack marks "their spot". Hence my beef with permanent shacks.

If you don't ice fish in a permanent shack, you wouldn't understand.

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1/29/14 @ 8:02 AM
1fowl one
1fowl one
USER since 12/9/10
So the only people that leave trash behind, are some of the guys with a permanent shanty? Yea, i don't think so. The only time I have garbage around my shanty are the days im not there. Everyone else groups up around it for the day, using it as a wind break and bathroom. Because they have nothing else, or can't stand up in the portable to take a p!$$. I have seen all sorts of people guilty of leaving a mess behind. As far as burning them down, I have had a shanty out for 20 seasons and three different lakes throughout the years, fish multiple other lakes late season and I have only seen one go down? But... I have seen multiple cars and trucks go through. The contamination that leaves behind is far more catastrophic to the fish and habitat, than a pile of wood. So ban vehicles, anything over 750 lbs, like some lakes do already. I dont understand why people are willing to giveaway ANY right we have? Unless its a danger to someone. ( If you can't beat them, join them )

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1/28/14 @ 8:45 PM
Frozenman
Frozenman
USER since 12/16/07
I've posted this a year or two ago. Permanent ice shacks should be banned. Not because of the "spot" but because of the litter that is inherently deposited. Not all permanents are guilty of this, but I've seen more than I care to of burned shacks(can't get them out in time). Blocks of treated lumber left imbedded in the ice,empty propane tanks,garbage in general strewn around etc... In my experience, the bite moves as the season progresses anyway. In many cases, the permy's become nothing more than a party hub which I have no problem with if done RESPONSIBLY! '

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1/28/14 @ 3:38 PM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01
I’ve fished out of a permanent shack a few times out on Lake Winnebago and Lake of the Woods and you can’t beat the comfort so I understand why people like to use them. But it seems most owners use them to mark their spot and that’s unfair. I’d like to see a law where permanent shacks are still legal but need to be moved to within a set distance from a boat launch, public access or designated spot when not occupied on inland lakes. That would level the playing field as far as I’m concerned. If you get up earlier than me and get your shack back on the structure before I get there, I’d respect that and fish elsewhere.

In the past, I’ve thought about asking my uncle who is on the Conservation Congress to help me introduce a resolution for the April Hearings. What’s kept me from doing it is the pushback and arguing that I used to see on this site over the subject. I figured that there’d be enough against it that it would just be a waste of my time. I guess I could be accused of stirring the pot a little but I fully expected to get blasted when I posted my comments below a few weeks ago but that didn’t happen. Maybe the mindset is changing with the convenience and comfort of some of the portable shacks that continue to come onto the market.

By the way, I’ll remember that GPS trick the next time I get reamed by a permanent shack owner who decides to get territorial with me. I’ll have to decide whether or not I let him know what I’m up to when I’m marking the coordinates or just simply smile and walk away.

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1/28/14 @ 11:24 AM
cds
cds
USER since 9/18/01
I have feel your pain regarding t>spots "hogged" by shacks,Bugle. There's places that are not appropriate for a permanent shanty.

One spot I used to fish prior to the cluster of shacks on top is - imo - unfishable now unless you're one of the 3 or 4 guys who've plopped a shack on top of the spring. You could literally spit on every shanty from standing in one central spot.

Big weedbeds,flats,long drops,no vbig deal. Tiny spots are different.

Every once in a while someone posts the coordinates to a hot spot and says the shanty owner LOVES company. I've had the same temptation.

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1/28/14 @ 10:09 AM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01
Got a shiny set of freshly re-sharpened blades and the extension ready to go on the Jiffy but Mr. Polar Vortex is keeping me off the ice. I look forward to Saturday’s forecasted temp of 18 balmy degrees. I’m going hell or high water!

If you don’t ice fish, you wouldn’t understand.

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1/2/14 @ 7:00 PM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01
Spending the fall researching lake maps to find "the spot". A submerged sandbar, an old crib, a rock hump on the edge of an old river channel, etc. You get all excited about it, get a weekend to fish it, drive to the lake and, as has happened time and time again, there's a permanent shack parked right on top of the structure with an owner that comes out with his hands on his hips shaking his head when you try to fish anywhere close to him.

If you don't ice fish, you wouldn't understand.

It blows me away that you cannot leave a deer stand on public land overnight but people with permanent shacks can park over structure and discourage everyone else from fishing "their" spot for an entire season.

Sorry for the buzzkill but after last weekend, I've had it.

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1/2/14 @ 6:36 PM
jaybeeturtle
jaybeeturtle
USER since 3/17/06
Aah, thats what you get for moving away from the toasty warm tropics down south, n.pike. I fished today in my hooded sweatshrt in the nice sunny 15 degree weather Big Smile. And you can only DREAM of the nice 30 degree day we are supposed to have Saturday, LOL!

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1/1/14 @ 6:35 PM
n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02
I would normally say something like.

"Seeing well below zero temps almost every morning is a great thing. If you don't ice fish....."

However, for the first time that I can remember, I am actually WANTING a warm up. This is not normal for me. I love cold and I love ice. But, there is so much ice out there, and this is not only limiting the realistic ice fishing opportunities, but it's just getting a bit over the top having to wake up to -15 to -25 degrees up here (actual temp) a number of times of late.

Now, I don't want to see 45 degrees, but a few days in the upper 20s would be very nice! A warm up might be on the way next week after the worst Polar Plunge of the winter from Sunday night-Tuesday.

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