Q Crew on Ice
During the dead of winter in North America a very unique spectacle occurs each year. Thousands of people descend upon the large frozen inland waters of Lake Winnebago in central Wisconsin to take their chance at spearing a very large and elusive prehistoric fish known as a Lake Sturgeon. At lengths topping out at 6 feet (1.8m) and weights nearing 200 lbs (91Kg) this is not your average fishing expedition. There is a harvest cap of only a couple thousand fish each year so the season is very short, typically lasting only 2 weeks. It’s brutally cold, the season is short, the ice conditions can be dangerous, and the fish are notoriously hard to find. But these multiple challenges only seem to add to the excitement for these very hardy souls. Harvesting one of these beasts is a badge of honor. It is such an honor, in fact, proper protocol dictates that those old enough to so must drink a ‘gill shot’ with their first ever fish taken from these waters. A shot of alcohol poured over, and filtered through, the gills of their freshly slain beast.
Did we mention that it’s brutally cold… and the winters are long. It can a drive a person to do crazy things.