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Sports - Ice Fishing

Persons, Manners and Customs, Recreation, Sports, Aquatic Sports, Fishing, Seasons, Winter John Waara of Baraga had four lakers, the best catch of the day. His biggest was about four pounds, but he was still trying when the photographer came along. [John displays his catch outside of his tent.]

Scanned: March 4, 2009


Ice Fishing

Seasons, Winter, Manners and Customs, Recreation, Sports, Aquatic Sports, Fishing, "Shanty Town" Each January sees the rebirth of tip-up shanty towns on frozen Michigan lakes and bays as hearty ice fishermen pursue a variety of quarry. U.S. - 41 travelers are always assured of seeing these winter communities on Keweenaw Bay, one of the more popular Copper Country sites. But alas, the "towns" disappear with each spring thaw. [Image of the fishing huts erected on the frozen lake.]

Scanned: January 27, 2009


Ice Fishing

Manners and Customs, Recreation, Sports, Aquatic Sports, Fishing, Seasons, Winter, One of the rites of spring took place in LAnse recently when ice fishermen brought in their shanties for the season. The shanties were lined up near the old LAnse dock, waiting to be towed away until next winter. It should be noted that at least a few brave ice fishermen still had their shacks out on the big lake when this picture was taken. [Several shanties are lined up on the shore.]

Scanned: January 19, 2009


Fishing - Smelt

Manners and Customs, Recreation, Sports, Aquatic Sports, Fishing, Manners and Customs, Clothing and Dress, Seasons Everything denotes "Panthers" in Chassell these days, even this smelting party lunch stand by the Pike River which reveals the initiative of its operator, Frank Wuotila. Frank, with his corps of helpers, here dispenses hot dogs, coffee, sweets and a variety of other aids to an evening of smelt seeking. Here a group sings the smelt song dedicated to tonight's smelt jamboree in Panthertown. [A group gathers around a tent-like structure. Several members of the group wear plaid attire.]

Scanned: August 23, 2007


Fishing - Smelt

Manners and Customs, Recreation, Sports, Aquatic Sports, Fishing, Persons, Seasons About 500 people gathered last evening at Chassells Pike River to dip for smelt in the annual smelt run. A spirit of Mardi Gras prevailed with unusual costumes, singing and tall tales of the Worcester towns long timber history. This little section, along the river toward Portage channel, is virtually smoke smothered from the bonfire. The time is 9 p.m. and the fire, though warm, is producing too much smoke. [A group of boys gathers around the bonfire holding their smelting nets and pails.]

Scanned: August 23, 2007


Sports - Ice Fishing

Persons, Manners and Customs, Recreation, Sports, Aquatic Sports, Fishing, Seasons, Winter Ed Nevala, of L'Anse, sits in his tent demonstrating the most popular technique of bobbing or jigging for lake trout through eight inches of Keweenaw Bay ice. Results are in foreground. [Photo of Mr. Nevala showing how fish are caught in winter.]

Scanned: March 4, 2009