Native American style decoys became popular in the upper Midwest starting in the mid 1800's. So popular, in fact, that they were banned (except on reservations) in 1910. But the Depression came along and ice fishing became popular as a way to put food on the table. Soon a number of decoy factories and carvers emerged, offering their products to anglers. Collectors look for whimsical colors and designs, original patterns, and especially for the work of 'master carvers' like Harry Seymour and Yock Meldrum.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Put on your goggles... you can almost see these hand-carved wooden beauties swimming across the page. This great an… [read review or visit site]

Joes Old Lures

Joes Old Lures

Joe Yates' website is a great showcase for hundreds of old fishing lures, providing high resolution photos and in m… [read review or visit site]

Take a big bite - you won't want to just nibble at Robbie Pavey's gallery of over 300 antique fishing lures, many w… [read review or visit site]

This extensive site features over 500 pages of information on pre-1940 wood fishing lures and lure boxes. Start wit… [read review or visit site]

This site is sure to snag you with its great collection of fishing lures from the early 1900s. Includes lures from … [read review or visit site]

Larry Nicholson's site dedicated to vintage fishing lures. Features beautiful images of lures and boxes from Fred A… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Oscar Peterson Fish DecoyOscar Peterson Fish DecoyNorthern Pike Ice Fishing Spearing Fish Decoy Carving By Todd PekelderRick Wirfh Quilted Checkered Fish Decoy Folk ArtRasmussen Trout Pin Ice Fish Decoy Engraved Fins Spearing Lure Minnesota Made Turtle Ice Fishing Decoy Folk Art By Sheila Cates Brook Trout Marcel Meloche - 1970's Old Fish Decoy Ice Fishing LureAntique La Crosse, Wi Fish DecoyVintage Early Ervin Veihl Fish Decoy - MichiganVintage Fish Decoy Bluegill / Sunfish ~ Wood Hand Carved ~ B.f. ~ Dotted FinsHummingbird Ice Fishing Decoy Hand-carved Dymondwood Folk Art By Phillip Cates Vintage Tackle~antique~frank Denslo Influenced Folk Art Decoy Snaggers~fish~lureVintage Hand Carved Folk Art Ice Fishing Spearing Decoy Lure ~ Nice Colors(3) Signed Vc Vern Clarmont Assorted Hand Painted Fish Decoys By Michigan CarverAntique Brass Fishing Jig Decoy Sinker MoldsFish Decoy Smallmouth Bass Ken SzafaszFish Decoy Hand Carved Muskie Ken SzafaszFish Decoy Hand Carved Largemouth Bass Ken Szafasz100 Fishing Lure Glass Eyes - Amber 5mm- Duck Decoys, Tackle Craft, Vintage LookVintage Michigan 7" Perch Spearing Fish Decoy Duck Original Paint & ConditionVtg Ice King Spearing Ice Fishing Decoy Bear Creek Bait Co. 6" PikeRick Whittier Walleye~folk Art Fish Spearing Decoy~deluxe Ice Fishing LureAttractive 2002 Whitefish Open Fish Decoy With Iron StandPaul Mcneal Fish Decoy Carver Fly Rod Baits Pair Trout/steelhead/salmonFish Decoy (working) Hand Carved 1940s Cadillac Style Lure By Bill HuffmanIce Spearing Decoy Birdies Old Fishing Lure By Wdc New In Wood BoxIce Spearing Decoy Beetle Old Fishing Lure By Wdc New In Wood Box6" Rainbow Trout Ice Fishing Decoy Unfinished Blank Spearing Folk Wood Carving 26" Lake Whitefish Ice Fishing Decoy Unfinished Blank Spearing Folk Wood Carving6" Yellow Perch Ice Fishing Decoy Unfinished Blank Spearing Folk Wood CarvingDuluth Fish Decoys Post Card Signed By David E Perkins Ill By Ronnie WellsBethel Ice Fish Decoy