Women On The IceBy Barb Carey - January 1, 2009
Another annual female visitor to the ice is the teenage male's girlfriend. Now these women are obvious. This is the gal who walks to the shack with her short cropped pretty jacket and low rise jeans. Some times they wear boots but often times its just the tennis shoes. Lucky the shacks are close to shore but I often wonder if they are the ones spreading the rumor that you freeze your tail of if you go ice fishing.
Then there was the time that my friend and I were bundled up from head to toe. This was before the advent of the light weight high tech gear that we wear now. We had so many clothes on we could hardly walk and the only thing showing was our eyes. We started walking out onto the ice and passed a couple of older men who were just walking off the ice. They proceeded to tell us " good luck ladies". I was shocked. How did they know we were ladies. We were wearing men's Carhardt clothes and looked to be wearing the same outfits they were. Now I'm a big girl so it wasn't because of my small frame or dainty boots. I don't know how many times I have been in dress clothes in a business establishment and while going to the restroom I get looks as my gender neutral look often confuses people. So these old ice fishing gentleman knew that we were ladies I will never know.
I must say I rarely see a women out ice fishing by herself. If fact I never have. I'm not saying it doesn't occur, I know I do it, and I have friends that do, but I have never personally seem a women ice fishing by herself. I didn't realize what a novelty it was. One day while fishing on Lake Petenwell, I was talking to some men who were also fishing. They asked me if I was "Keepers". I admitted I was, That's actually my dogs name which I have been using as a screen name on Lake Links and other fishing reports. I thought it was funny and didn't think to much of it until it happened again on Lake Superior. Now here I am 275 miles from home and the first time I am fishing these waters and some guy asks me if I'm "Keepers". Suddenly I looked around and think "Am I the only women in the world that ice fishes?" What are the chances of seeing that one women on the ice in the middle of nowhere being me the same women who posts on a fishing web site. Sadly the odds were real good. I knew that day that I had to do something about that and let other women know what they are missing. And then WI Women Fish was born. So maybe someday when you Google women's ice fishing, something other than the Bikini Ice Fishing Team will come up on the first page.