KZ1000ST - thanks for your kind words.
My Dad was a fanatic fisherman. I think it gave him calm from a
hectic work schedule. Long before I was born (1948), Dad & Mom
bought a cabin (Old Moose Hunting Lodge) on the South end of
Lake Mille Lacs just out of Isle MN. The place was kind of a dump,
but we loved it.
I spent every Summer, from age 0 to 18 at that cabin. We actually
lived in Minneapolis - Mom would pick me (and brother) up at the
school door when school was out in the Spring. We stayed at the cabin
all Summer and came home the day before school started in the Fall.
Dad would take all his vacation and be up on the weekends.
You are right, everyone still has their Fish Houses just off the Lake.
Explanation for those not familiar with Northern USA/Minnesota. The
lakes freeze solid in the Winter (12" or more thick). You can drive
your car out on the lake and drill a hole in the ice and fish during the
Winter. For comfort, locals drag Small structures on skids (Fish Houses)
out on the lake. They have square holes in the floor (Usually in the
four corners) to drill down through the ice and fish. The Fish house
has a stove. It could be 15 below zero outside, but everyone is sitting
around in T-Shirts (hot inside) drinking beer, playing cards. When you
catch a fish, just throw it outside on the ice and it freezes to take home.
This is very popular - some of the fish houses are huge. I think the
sitting around drinking beer and bullshitting with friends is as big
a draw to the sport as fishing. Most leave their fish houses in place all
Winter and then drag them off before the ice melts.
The old traditional fish house