Ice Fisherman

Ice Fisherman © 2008 Bo Mackison

• 4˚F sunny
• 14 mph southerly winds
• drill a 6 inch round hole in ice two and a half feet thick
• every 10 minutes scoop out the ice forming on the surface
• lose all awareness of feet and hands
• no evidence of fish in this bay, but watch the hole much of the day to make certain

• Recipe for fun times in Wisconsin

• Priceless

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. I bet if you had polar bears in Wisconsin they would be all huddled up having a laugh at the fisherman. Like the orange orchid picture , great colour.

    Cheers Mark

  2. Brrrrr!

  3. It’s 1 degree here in Minnesota today, -17 with the windchills. We were out on the lake over the weekend, and let me tell you, there is no wind like lake wind! But the ice fishers love their craft. Amazing solitude. Do you ice fish?

  4. Are you all out of your ever lovin’ minds up there???

    Brrrr is right! (But, then again, I love the photo!)

  5. We do that around here, too. I think it has something to do with insanity.

  6. Oh, what a neat photo. And a cold way to go fishing. We don’t have ice fishing here in Kansas that I know of. Do they put up huts on the frozen lakes there?

  7. Ron in L.A. says:

    Very cool photo Barbara…


  8. You sure know how to have fun in Wisconsin:)

  9. Mark, unfortunately we keep our polar bears in the zoo and let the “icies” go it alone – no comedy show, usually.

    Robin , if we waited for nice weather to go outdoors, we’d see May through October. Can’t hide inside half the year. 🙂

    QM, I am crazy enough to fish from a boat in thunderstorms (don’t ask!), but NOT crazy enough to sit my butt on ice for the pleasure.

    Yes, Jules, totally out of our lovin’ minds. When your brain freezes, everything goes.

    montucky, something about insanity running rampant in wild places?

    anna, some of the wimps use ice shanties, but the real dudes, they go it alone. Just the ice, a bucket to sit on and a 12″ fishing pole.

    ron, thanks

    yes, susan, we certainly do know how to have fun. (Ouch!)

  10. Another great thing about ice fishing – the beer stays cold.

  11. gandalf ~ only you would think of cold beer. Anyway, wouldn’t beer freeze, or maybe not? Hmmm.

  12. that looks like fun. i like the camo outfit. i need one for the city

  13. If it freezes (and if you drink it fast enough that’s not an issue), it is still cold.

  14. jpt ~ I’ve always thought camo to be THE look for NYC.

  15. Looks exactly like a great ice fishing day, well except the fact they hike a zillion miles out to the middle of the lake!

  16. I think this is a great photo..I especially like the little little touch of orange!!

  17. okay…now that I look at this photo again…he is “frozen” in the scene and with the white in his beard…could very well be there, frozen, until the spring thaw…

  18. Oh cool – that’s something hubby and I wanted to do in Hungary in 2006, but the damned lake didn’t wanna freeze 😀
    Next time 😉

    Great shot as well !

  19. Nice. I used to do this growing up in Massachusetts. Brings back a couple of memories.

  20. mon@arch – anything for a crappie

    gypsy ~ you noticed! that bit of orange is my favorite part too

    susan ~ of course he’s frozen. this is north country.

    nicole ~ everyone should go ice fishing once. that’s probably enough though

    david ~ glad you grabbed a few memories.

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