As a kid, my dad would often leave the house on weekend winter mornings with a fishing pole, an ice auger and a mission to catch as many fish as possible. I often wondered why he loved it out there, how he could bear the cold, and who were these fellow fishing mates who shared his Midwestern passion.
In 2016, I started going out with him on Lake St Clair, which is a part of the Great Lakes system and sometimes called the “Sixth Great Lake.” On these outings, I’d hear stories about the declining ice levels, the shortened ice fishing season, anecdotes about the days when you could drive your car clear across the ice.
From 1973-2010, ice coverage declined by 71% overall on all five Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair. (Source: Glisa) This series is an ongoing exploration of those who fish on the Lake St. Clair, the threat of the ice’s disappearance, and the point at which the effects of climate change hinder a community and a cultural pastime.