This winter hasn't been quite as cold as it could have been, but in Wisconsin, there have been enough sub-freezing days for lakes to develop about of foot-thick coating of ice. That's enough ice for some good ice fishing, but it apparently isn't thick enough to use as a high-traffic parking lot.

Frozen anglers at a Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin fishing tournament decided to park in close proximity to one another on the ice with predictably disastrous results. Hit the jump to watch the Twin Cities' Fox News 9 and its coverage of tow trucks plucking vehicle after vehicle out of the appropriately named Lake Winnebago. We saw quite a few pricey pickup trucks being pulled out of the deep, but we're thinking the pea-green Pontiac Aztek could have been left in the lake long before the incident.

36 Cars Through Ice at Wisconsin Fishing Tournament: MyFoxTWINCITIES.com



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      regionrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering how mild this winter has been, that was pretty stupid.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Insurance will NOT cover vehicles falling into ice...................ouch. Those will be some expensive fish!
      William
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't believe that a car insurance company should be responsible for negligence. If there was no place to park they should have turned around and gone back.They should consider themselves fortunate they were not in the car when it sank.
      DC Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, so I get there and there was no place to park. So, I look around for a while and I see an access way to the frozen lake. I drove down until I got to a line of orange cones that were blocking the way. Me and my buddy jumped out and stacked them on the side. I hopped back in and drove a little further until I got to two three foot tall yellow poles with a chain running between them. I undid the chain and flags, rolled them up, and put them on the side of the path under a shoulder high sign on a that had some writing on it. I get to the ice and my tire sank into a bit of slush so I drove a little further out. We unpacked my truck and headed out for the day. And when we came back my truck was underwater! I was like WHAT!? Can you believe that! They are going to hear from my lawyer!
      Trev
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any RVs in Lake Winnebago?!
      Andrew Lee Laatsch
      • 2 Years Ago
      I grew up in Oshkosh,WI (the west shore of Lake Winnebago) a every year there was at least one snow mobile/car/truck/van that fell into the lake through the ice and I'd think "What the...!!!". This is a record year for my thought of "What the...!!!". Andy
      ebauer427
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the Aztec can break a mirror with its looks it can certainly break ice. They shouldn't have let that thing anywhere near the tournament.
      fakename1953
      • 2 Years Ago
      A sincere note to the editors: since "far proximity" makes no sense, neither does "near proximity." Instead of "in close proximity to" the word you were looking for was "near."
      Klinkster
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know of many cases of people who lost their parked cars through the ice when ice fishing. Car insurance doesn't cover damage to vehicles while off-loading...and that's considered off roading. They're all screwed. That said...I'm predicting that Wisconsin auto-sales will exceed the national sales pace this month!
        Brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        There is no coverage exclusion for driving your vehicle off-road. As long as all of the owners of the vehicles carried Comprehensive (sometimes known as Other Than Collision) coverage these losses would be covered.
      scocrmch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not surprised considering WI residents elected someone like Scott Walker as governor.
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scocrmch
        That's okay - once he's out of office, WI can resume hurtling toward bankruptcy.
          ctsmith1066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
          Psst! It's okay to raise taxes. And this is coming from an actual Wisconsinite.
        cashsixeight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scocrmch
        Right? I'm ashamed of my state. Blah.
        goa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scocrmch
        Nah, I think that the guys that had camped out in the capital in protest just moved to the lake.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scocrmch
        rofl.
      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      A later report stated teh Aztek was found on shore with a note that said "Oh, Hell No. not in my house! signed The Fish
      Murad
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's worse, the Aztek or the Crosstour? I'm saying Crosstour because the Aztek had an optional tent.
        EChid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Murad
        As much like a defecating animal as the Crosstour looks, it is at least refined, powerful/fast (relatively), safe, well built, reliable, and fun to drive (for the segment). The Aztek was a Venture with a different body, and was none of the things I've just mentioned about the Crosstour. No, its a bit like apples and oranges despite their appearances.
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