Community Event Background

The community surrounding Steamboat Springs holds an annual ice fishing competition that lends itself to raucous humor and tell-all fishing stories. The 6th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament kicked off officially in Oak Creek, CO, and we learned “What makes an ice fisherman?” as much as what kind of community event they have created.

I didn’t expect Josh to kick his wife and kid off the snowmobile so he could show me what it’s like to go ice fishing, but after tasting the fresh Colorado trout, I had to agree that it was worth their temporary sacrifice. This is by far one of the funniest segments I’ve filmed all year, and also really educational because we get to learn about what all the high-tech fishing equipment is that these guys are using. They even have ice fishing huts setup over top the fishing holes to keep people warm and the conversations flowing. A couple I met later in the day told me the secret to happiness while ice fishing is feet warmers. Simple, yet profound, especially since I failed to bring any… my feet were shades of blue and purple; they were close to frostbitten by the time I got off the ice.

Little child fishing on a frozen lake in winter.

Peak Experience

The peak experience for this community event involves two opportunities for participants: fishing and waiting.  For participants, their peak experience is having the opportunity to catch a fish (or several) and measure up their catch(es) against other competitors.  For spectators, their peak experience might be rooting for one of their favorite fishermen to catch something worthwhile, though many of the families are likely more interested in just spending time with each other than how many fish they caught that day.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What kind of people want to attend this ice fishing event?

There are two types of people at this event:

  1. Participants (Fishermen)
  2. Spectators (Watchers)

Participants at this community event included kids, parents (moms and dads), as well as single hobby enthusiasts (mostly adult males / men) who are excited to share their passion with others who have an interest in ice fishing.

Spectators at this community event included wives / kids / girlfriends of the fishermen, and friends of the fishermen.

Why would someone want to attend this ice fishing event?

Attendees at this ice fishing community event liked to attend because they met new fishermen, experienced the rush of a competitive fishing competition, and learned new ways to improve their ability to catch fish through automated fishing devices and sonar fish scanning equipment.  Attendees also enjoyed fostering and building new interpersonal relationships with other people who share similar interests in fishing, even in the winter months where temperatures can average around -20˚F.

What is an ice fisherman?

Ice fishermen, also known as ice anglers, are people comfortable in cold weather conditions who seek to catch fish by dropping lines and hooks open holes cut into frozen lakes and ponds.  An ice saw, auger or chisel is typically used to cut a circular or rectangular hole in the ice prior to dropping a fishing line.  Ice fishermen typically have some sort of portable shelter that they either use solo or with friends to keep warm inside while waiting on a fish to bite on the fishing line.

More details on ice fishing (Wikipedia):

Event Notes

Daily Inspiring Community Event (DICE) – Episode 007 [DICE 20170107]
Filmed at Stagecoach State Park in Oak Creek, CO.
Featuring Frost Fassett, Inspiration Evangelist

In attendance: 100+ Competitors (Only a handful remaining when I arrived late.)
Peak Experience Anticipation: Go fishing! On ice! Catch one!
Peak Experience Actual: Rode a snowmobile and learned how to ice fish!
Organized by ??
Unique History: Some proceeds donated to SOROCO Science Club
Unique People: Joshua Kiser – took me out on his snowmobile!
Navigation Hinderances: I found the state park but didn’t know where the lake was… I eventually found it driving around.
Initial User Experience Design (UXD) Issues for Visitors / Guests:
They need better signage and a way to pay vehicle license fees with a credit card.
Amenities: Bathrooms up top, not near anything on the ice.
Bathroom: Once you get onto the lake, you’re peeing in the snow.
Security: None Present
CPR (Celebrities, Politicians, Reporters): None Present

Music by Ari de Niro
Multiple warming layers by Patagonia
Jacket by Marmot
Pants by Mountain Hard Wear
Memory Foam Boots by Crevo (And they’re horrible on ice!!)
Socks by Smart Wool