121 Ice Fishing Contest  (040207, Tanners Lake, Oakdale, Minnesota)

See pix:   Photo Gallery > Minnesota Events > 1-3 > Tanners Lake Ice Fishing Contest

Around this time every February, ice fishing contests are held in many places across the state of Minnesota.

As you can see in the pictures, over 1,000 fishermen (or anglers) attended the contest on the snow and thick ice covered Tanners Lake [ice thickness
over 35 cm: many 4x4 pick-ups (Photo Gallery > Transportation > Pickups) and cars parked on the lake].  I heard that in the morning, around 900 fishing holes (the hole size is around 20 cm in diameter) were made using a drill for the contest. A bobber and reel are used for the fishing: The reel on the rod is short. Bait is small fish, which are in water in a Styrofoam (insulating materials) bucket.  It’s understandable that the bucket is made of Styrofoam due to the severe coldness.  We asked kids how to ice fish, and they gave us kind answers to our question.  At the end, they asked us wondering, “Don’t you ice fish?”  Ummm… Good point!  Since there was no wind the day of the contest it was nice and warm. While we were at the lake, we didn’t see anyone catch a fish.  Adult anglers often drink while they fish.  In fact, we had some kind offers such as “How about a beer?” or “do you like hot chocolate (Note: We found that the hot chocolate contained some alcohol)?”  from groups of fishermen. They put some alcohol in the hot chocolate so they can still drink the beer and warm up at the same time.  Since the day of the contest was so warm the beer didn't make them any colder.  J   Fishermen often ice fish in fish houses (often the houses are heated) because the outside is really cold in during the winters, especially when it’s windy.

Basic words for fishing: reel, fishing rod, fishing line, bobber, sinker, hook, bait, lure, tackle box, drill (ice fishing)
Site examples for fishing equipment retailers: <
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/category/category.jhtml?id=cat20166&navAction=jump&navCount=0&parentId=&parentType=&rid=5000105032502&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fcatalog%2Fcategory-link.jhtml_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20166 >
http://www.eangler.com/index.asp >
If you see a sign, “Gone fishing” at someone’s front door, it means that he’s gone fishing; this sign is very common.

More pix of ice fishing and fish houses:
Photo Gallery > National Holidays > New Years > Ice Fishing
Photo Gallery > Minnesota Seasons > Winter > Small Houses

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