Spearing Fish in Winter c 1925

Spearing fish through the ice was a thing c. 1925 +/-.

Here are some fellows doing it on the Mississippi’s Back Channel that’s between Trenton Island and the Wisconsin shore.

Note the Wisconsin Game Warden on left in one of the photos.

A trench about two feet wide would be cut across the channel, a gang of men would go downstream aways and stomp on on the ice, driving the fish toward the spearmen.

Ice Spearing Fish Back Channel Mississippi at Red Wing c 1925 Fish Drivers in Background 588

Harry Howe took these photos and told me the game warden was there to make sure only rough fish were speared, and kept. Inadvertently speared game fish would go home w him…
Ice Spearing Fish Back Channel Mississippi at Red Wing c 1925 Wisconsin Game Warden on L c 1925 589

Ice Spearing Fish Back Channel Mississippi at Red Wing c 1925 591