Students 'swim' their fish decoys
Pequot Lakes High School Art II students had the opportunity to get out and “swim” their fish decoys Saturday, Dec. 15.
The host for the outing in Crosslake was Kirk Schnitker. Members of the Minnesota Dark House and Angling Association and the National Fish Decoy Association were there to help students in the sport of dark house spearing.
While many of the students have summer fished and angled through the ice in the winter, they’d never had the chance to spear.
After determining the ice was safe, the shallow area of Cross Lake’s Happy Bay was set up with eight spear houses for the kids to use. Students were able to try out the decoys they’d made and learn the techniques of this style of fishing.
They were informed of the regulations for spearing, license requirements and other important topics that are need to successfully fish in Minnesota. On a day when rain turned to snow, it was a fun experience for all that included a large cookout with brats and hot dogs served at Schnitker’s house on shore.
In addition to Schnitker, those who helped make the event happen included Mark Rinas of Northfield, instructor and fish house donation; Joe Fulton of Breezy Point, instructor and fish house donation; Ken Stoltman of Ideal Corners, Ideal Fire and Rescue and instructor; Trevor Walters and Jason Trout of Pine River, instructors; Thayne Johnson of Minneapolis, fish house donation; Kelly Larson of Breezy Point, fish house donation; Matt Fabian of Breezy Point, assisted and donated lunch for the students; Justin Wallin of Pine Peaks in Breezy Point, donated minnows for tip ups; Nikki Shoutz, DNR conservation officer who gave updates on areas for safe ravel for the outing; the National Fish Decoy Association, which donated the wood for the decoys; and the Minnesota Dark House and Angling Association.