This ice fishing lure was made by carving a freshwater clam shell and was used by Native Americans living along on the St. Croix River. The back end is broken off.
Crites/Sheffield site near the St. Croix River, Washington County, Minn.
This ice fishing lure was found at the Crites/Sheffield site near the St. Croix River, Washington County, Minn., by a Science Museum of Minnesota archaeology crew in 1960.
3 inches by 1 inch
This ice fishing lure would have been dangled down a hole in the ice to attract curious, hungry fish. The angler would lie on the ice, look through the hole and thrust a spear at the unsuspecting fish. He’d likely have a small blanket tepee covering his head and the hole to improve his vision of what’s transpiring below the surface. It might not have been quite as comfortable as life in our ice fishing houses of today but maybe more effective.
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