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Vogt's Notes: Drop me a line about what makes your fish house special

Do you own a newfangled Ice Castle or Yetti fish house? Did you build your own fish house? No matter how big or small, no matter how decked out, is there something you especially love about your fish house? If so, please send me a photo that shows what makes your fish house special with a short description. If possible include a person or people in the photo. We plan to feature photos of unique fish houses in our Love of the Lakes magazine that we will publish this spring. Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.

A friend just shared that his new, custom-built fish house will boast an electric fireplace, electric queen size bunk over the dinette and spray foam insulation on the walls and floor.

Another friend built his own fish house, complete with an aquarium.

Fish houses now come equipped with stoves and ovens, big-screen TVs and bay windows. Many have bathrooms with flushing toilets and showers along with air conditioners for when the wintertime fish house turns into a summertime camper.

Personally, I think the best thing about our fish house is the Luggable Loo.

My husband built our first fish house from the ground up with tender loving care. He spent countless hours building it in our garage, and countless more hours over many years fixing up the inside of that fish house and customizing it again and again to his liking.

We recently bought a larger fish house that we both love, but I know that fish house he built and spent many hours in on the ice will always be special to him. Luckily, it is still in the family.

Our newer fish house has a lot more room and amenities - including a separate "room" that functions as a bathroom with the aforementioned Luggable Loo as the centerpiece. That's what makes our fish house great, if you ask me.

Do you own a newfangled Ice Castle or Yetti fish house? Did you build your own fish house? No matter how big or small, no matter how decked out, is there something you especially love about your fish house?

If so, please send me a photo that shows what makes your fish house special with a short description. If possible include a person or people in the photo. We plan to feature photos of unique fish houses in our Love of the Lakes magazine that we will publish this spring.

What if you don't have a fish house but you're a diehard angler? We're also looking for readers' stories about how they got hooked on fishing. How and when did fishing - whether on hard or soft water - lure you in? Jot down your story in 400 words or less and send it to me. Feel free to include a photo as well.

Please include your name and hometown when sending your photos and stories. Email them to nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Please be sure to send original photos at "actual size" to ensure we can use them in our magazine. We're unable to publish photos smaller than 3 MB in size.

Be sure to look for our award-winning Love of the Lakes magazine in mid-May to see what area anglers love most about their fish houses.

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