Ice fishing popular area hobby

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


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The weather, which had been unusually cold, turned milder last weekend. Ice shacks, vehicles and people dotted Lake Thompson and the adjoining area west of the lake known as Schaefer’s Slough.


People who don’t live in a cold winter climate with good fishing lakes might assume the temporary village of ice houses on the frozen lake in the movie “Grumpy Old Men” is pretty far-fetched. It isn’t.


There are as many types of ice houses as there are fishermen.  On a mild winter day, many people just drill a hole and sit outside on a fishing chair, but many ice housesare equipped to stay cozy even on the coldest winter day. Most are fairly simple shelters, but more elaborate “shacks” might resemble and cost as much as a nice vacation cabin, complete 

with heat, satellite dishes, big-screen televisions, bedrooms, portable toilets and kitchens.


Ice fishermen from all over the region flock to Lake Thompson.


Park Manager John Christianson said nearly 4,000 vehicles came through the state park entrance between Dec. 2, 2013, and Jan. 2, 2014. “That doesn’t include the people who get onto the lake from other accesses,” he said. “December was as outstanding as we’ve seen. They have been catching fish like crazy.”


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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