Ice Fishing in Minnesota: Skating on the Thin Ice of Treaty Relations…


January 8, 2013 by meximo70

icefishingEvery year I used to head up north to Mille Lacs Lake with a group of friends and go ice fishing for the weekend. Needless to say, we really didn’t fish, we more or less rented a fish house out on the lake and drank whiskey, smoked cigars, played cards and talked smart.

icefishingspearfishingIn Mille Lacs, the Native Americans have been battling with the government to keep their spear fishing rights granted to them by an old treaty. This does not fair well with the rest of the population of fishermen who feel it’s unfair.

So when i went up, i had fairly long hair then, mullet if i remember right. My first night at the resort pub i got a taste of how the fisherfolk thought of native americans.

Me: How’s the walleye biting this weekend?

Patron: Shouldn’t be too bad for you *CENSORED* indians! Rot in hell!

Me: well, merry christmas to you.

Patron: *CENSORED* you!!

The next episode was a little more dramatic. It was morning, we had all woke up and decided it would be a good idea to hop in my minivan (yes, minivan) and head back to the resort and have some breakfast and a few bloody marys.

icefishinghutsThey plow out pathways from the resort to the little neighborhood of fishhouses. The trip in was without incident.

On the way back to the fish house was a little worse. The snow had melted some and when i thought my van was just sliding on the slushy ice, it was actually breaking through the ice. My passengers bailed, i was stupid and tried driving my van out of the growing hole.

when water started creeping through the floor i opened my window and crawled out. There my van sat with it’s rear submerged and the engine sticking out.

My passengers went back to the resort to get help while i stayed with the van. This the help i recieved while i waited:

“Hahahahahahaha! Should be able to spear yourself some fish now, eh, savage!”

“Karma’s a *CENSORED*, ain’t it, *CENSORED*hole!”

“Jump in and i’ll see if i can’t spear you out of there!”

“Where’s your tribe now, Tonto??”

icefishingthroughiceEventually, the resort came out with his truck and I had to jump in the water and hook up the tow straps to the back end of my van. He pulled me out and took me to shore. The boys borrowed a couple snowmobiles and got all of our gear from the fish house.

We had to take the wheels off and heat the hubs up with sunflower propane heaters to get the ice out so the wheels wouldn’t lock up. After doing that and a few tequila’s later, we drove our way back home. I haven’t been out on the ice since.


2 thoughts on “Ice Fishing in Minnesota: Skating on the Thin Ice of Treaty Relations…

  1. Jack Flacco says:

    What a crazy story. I can’t believe no one got killed. But more unbelievable was the reaction you received when you called for rescue. Sounds like one baaad place to grow up. Thank goodness everyone came out of there alive.

    • meximo70 says:

      thankfully, not all of minnesota is like this. and tensions being what they are there it can be like walking on broken glass.
      it was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. i didn’t think i was going to make it out of the van, and i have since just walked out on the ice rather than drive it.

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