As many as 100 anglers in Minnesota’s Upper Red Lake finally left the ice on Sunday after being stranded for three days in a blizzard. According to KSTP, employees from the nearby JR’s Resort were able to finally reach the ice fishermen after a storm cut them off on Thursday. Trapped roughly eight miles from solid land in 45 fish houses, some anglers said they did not sleep. Instead, they weathered the storm by fishing.

Angler Jason Strom tells KSTP that the three days he spent on Upper Red Lake was some of the best fishing he ever had, although he is relieved to be off the ice.

“I wasn’t sure we were going to make it off the ice alive, it was that scary,” he said.

KFGO reports that snowdrifts between four and seven feet high piled up around the fish houses during the course of the storm. The combined weight of the snow was so heavy, it began to break the ice. Some children and older anglers were taken to safety by snowmobiles, but the snow eventually grew so severe that the lake became impassable. Some parts of the lake became flooded as the weight of the snow broke through the ice, endangering the fishing houses as well. According to WDAY, rescuers decided that it was too dangerous to risk plows on the ice.

“Our house was almost underneath the (snowdrift) the wind was blowing so bad,” Strom said.

You can see an interview with Strom below:

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10 thoughts on “Dozens of Ice Fishermen Rescued after Minnesota Storm

  1. Oh once again we have a Non-Minnesotan telling the world that we fish in “ice-houses”, when in reality we fish in “Fish houses”. Ice is kept in an Ice House, and
    People “Fish” in a Fish House.

    1. I thought they were called Ice shacks…. since they sit on the ice, and they are not a house since you don’t live in them…. I will submit that people Ice fish in an Ice shack…

    2. C’mon Bob! Lighten up…DX is just shedding light on the awesome fortitude of all the those intrepid Minnesotans who couldn’t stand another minute of the Suchi Olympics.

  2. The terms ice house and fish house are pretty interchangeable. We tend to call them ice houses on Mille Lacs but everyone is different.

  3. leave ’em – no loss to anyone – these are the same clowns who go to the same lakes in summer to go water skiing and return sadly home when they cannot find a hill in the lake.

  4. I have lived in Michigan all my life and am now 60. I never remember the little structure that is hauled out onto the ice where guys hole up, ostensibly to fish but really to escape the Ball and Chain, called anything but an “ice shack” or “ice shanty”. I may be as old as the hills, but I don’t remember “ice house” ever being in common parlance, as cutting ice blocks with ice saws and putting them in ice houses was way before my time. Boy oh boy, Bob M. If an author was trying to celebrate the stoicism and bravery of Michiganders the way Mr. Xu was trying to do for Minnesotans, I don’t think I’d abuse him in print.

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