Bob Houses (not Bob’s house)

Perhaps the greatest form of self-expression of the ice fisherman is his (or her) bob house, the little hut dragged or wheeled onto the ice in which they can keep their gear and kep warm until a flag goes up on he tippet. So many choices: size, type of material, how to stay warm, design, color. Some people spent Friday night in their bob house to be ready on Saturday morning. Here are a few of the images from the houses out there this weekend. BTW, all bob houses have to off the ice before March 31st to avoid a bobbing bob house.

Why call it a “bob house”? According to, there are various theories. To quote, “There are various theories: they could be named for the bobsleds that some used to bring their shacks out onto the ponds, or because “bob” is an old-fashioned term for short or small (as in bobtail or bobbed hair), or because your shanty will be bobbing in the water if you leave it out on a lake too long.”

12 thoughts on “Bob Houses (not Bob’s house)

    1. loisajay

      I’ll check with my husband and let you know! 🙂 He’s a Florida native so the mere mention of ‘up North’ and he hears ‘freezing temperatures.’

      1. milfordstreet Post author

        We did find it amusing during our recent visit to Florida when at 50F/10C the locals had on gloves and earmuffs. 🙂 But a little heat and humidity and we just melt.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thanks for the comment. I agree, though some have some nice amenities and the food is to die for. Yeah,that is actually one more time than I’ve done it, but it makes for awesome photos.

  1. Alexandra

    when I google “bob houses” the first hit leads to New Hampshire 🙂 so it’s a local thing which makes it even more interesting, especially for viewers some 7 time zones away 🙂

    wonderful colorful captures, Chris 🙂

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Alex, I am so used to it being called a bob house that I can’t recall a time when i did not call it by that name. I am glad you find it interesting. =)


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