What is a bob house you ask? Well, here in New England a small enclosure for ice fishing is referred to as a bob house.
The name bob house appears to have come about because of the bobbing of a fish line through an open hole in the ice. In other parts of the country, they may be referred to as ice houses, fish houses, or ice shanties.
Bob houses are made of a variety of things including plywood or scrap wood and are painted in a rainbow of colors and are always, if nothing else, portable.
Their construction may appear crude, but it is effective against the below-zero winds blowing across our beautiful lakes.
A bob house can be a simple four-sided box to protect the fisherman from the weather or it can include a generator, barbecue grill, propane heater, composting toilet, drapes, or satellite TV. Who knew?
Ice fishing is a big winter sport on many of our lakes here in New England with fishing derbies scheduled across the area throughout the season. Like other activities such as hiking and camping, ice fishing should “leave no trace” on our lakes.
The grandchildren marveled at the bob houses and pickup trucks on the ice with open water nearby. I would have liked some close up photos of the bob houses, but didn’t venture onto the ice to get them. 🙂
Ice fishing and bob houses are part of the history of New England. We just love the uniqueness of the shelters on the ice whether they are referred to as bob houses or “free lakefront homes.”
Grandson (7 years old) comments: I really thought the big bottle bob house was funny.
Granddaughter (12 years old) comments: The little take-out pizza house was cute but I wouldn’t walk out on the ice to get it.
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