Cabin Country: Lone Lake's festive fish house

  • Updated: January 23, 2014 - 6:58 PM

This vibrant fish house was once the brightest point on Lone Lake’s winter horizon. Alas, the fish house has remained sidelined this year, due to all the lake slush.

I built this fish house with a friend of mine, Mark Williams, and kept it at his cabin on Lone Lake near Aitkin.

We initially built it in my garage, here in the metro. After we put it together, we knew we had to seal it, to protect it from the weather in some fashion. The cheapest treatment we found was some redwood stain for about $8 a gallon.

Our shack also needed to be identified. Most people use their license numbers. We thought an easier way was to just spray some paint on it. Once we did that, we felt maybe it should be embellished a bit more. The contrasting colors of our paint job stood out like a sore thumb on Lone Lake and attracted many a snowmobiler and ice fisherman.

“Dead Reckoning Fishing Team” got its name because we never used electronics or GPS to locate specific spots. We always just gave it our best guess. “Jenny” is from a Tommy Tutone song, popular in the early ’80s. There were numerous inquiries if Jenny were, in fact, with us, which always kept us entertained.


SEND US YOUR ICE-FISHING HOUSES! Cabin Country wants to celebrate your cold-weather hideouts this winter, everything from ice-fishing houses to cozy winter cabins. Send your story and photos to or submit online at

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

Click here to send us your hunting or fishing photos – and to see what others are showing off from around the region.


Los Angeles - J. Beckett 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - V. Worley
San Francisco - Y. Petit 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - R. Hernandez
Texas - N. Martinez 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - C. Whitley
Boston - J. Peavy 6:07 PM
Toronto - J. Happ
Miami - J. Turner 6:10 PM
Atlanta - M. Minor
San Diego - E. Stults 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - K. Hendricks
Cincinnati - H. Bailey 7:10 PM
Milwaukee - J. Nelson
Cleveland - D. Salazar 7:10 PM
Minnesota - Y. Pino
Kansas City - B. Chen 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - S. Carroll
Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi 7:15 PM
St. Louis - A. Wainwright
Washington - J. Zimmermann 7:40 PM
Colorado - Y. Flande
Detroit - R. Porcello 8:40 PM
Arizona - C. Anderson
Houston - B. Oberholtzer 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Kazmir
Baltimore - M. Gonzalez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - H. Santiago
NY Mets - J. deGrom 9:10 PM
Seattle - E. Ramirez
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Tulsa 7:00 PM
San Antonio
Atlanta 7:00 PM
Indiana 7:00 PM
Phoenix 9:00 PM
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Should the lake where the albino muskie was caught remain a mystery?

Weekly Question