First American Indian Qualifies for Ice Fishing World Championship


The Turtle Mountain Timesreported on local angler, hunter, and horseman Glen Delorme, Jr., securing himself a spot on the US Ice Fishing Team for the 2013 World Ice Fishing Championship (WIFC). As an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Delorme's also the first American Indian to make the team. The Times reported that Delorme is a lineal descendant of the Spirit Lake Tribe of Fort Totten, North Dakota. He's heavily involved in his community and is a true sportsman.

Delorme, from Devils Lake, North Dakota, won the spot in competition against thirty other professional fisherman in Wausau, Wisconsin. The thirty anglers from seven states competed from March 8-12 the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, with Delorme. Delorme did well enough to earn himself a spot at next winter's 2013 WIFC (the location hasn't been chosen yet). This year's World Ice Fishing Championship was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and previous years have been held in Wisconsin and Poland. It's a truly international sport, with teams representing Russia, Ukraine, Norway, Iceland, Moldavia and Romania to name a few.

"The USA Ice Team was reformed in 2008 with the sole purpose of fielding a national team, comprised of the most accomplished tournament ice anglers in the United States, which could represent the US in world competitions and become the country’s ambassadors of American ice angling abroad," the Times reported. "The World Ice Fishing Championship (WIFC) is a well established, highly competitive international sporting event."

Delorme is an avid outdoorsman, as well as the owner of Spirit Water Inn Resort in Minnewaukan, North Dakota. He's also involved with the American Cancer Society, sponsoring hunts, and has been instrumental in bringing the North American Ice Fishing Circuit Tournament with NBC Sports to the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe in Belcourt, North Dakota. Delorme also serves as a Child Protection Investigator for the Spirit Lake Reservation.

The Times reports that Delorme’s first interest in fishing was ignited by his father Glen Delorme, Sr., when Delorme was just ten years old. "Glen Jr. recalls making his own ice fishing rod with his father by using a broomstick or a 2x2 with two screws attached to it to hold the line. As for a reel, Delorme said, 'My reel was my two hands.' He also recalls tying a line to pop cans which served as a bobber which was as advanced as he could get as a 10 years old. Little did he know that his skills as a young boy would serve to his advantage during his career as a professional ice fisherman," the Times reports.

Delorme has become extremely adept at utilizing the latest technologies to hone his ice fishing skills. "Many of his ice fishing poles and lures aren’t even out on the market yet that he’s obtained from as far as Russia and Sweden," the Times reported. The rules in the WIFC, however, do not allow for the use of any electronics, including electric augers.

Delorme isn't content just making the US team. He wants to bring the WIFC to the Turtle Mountains, should he receive the blessing of the Tribal Council and Tribal Tourism. “I would love to see the World competition on my own lands. It would be something to see for both the tribe and the state,” he told the Times.

This story was found in the Devils Lake Journal, which reprinted an original article by the Turtle Mountain Times with permission. For the Devils Lake Journal's full reprinting of the Times piece, click here.