Ohio Mayor Arguing That Ice Fishing Leads To Prostitution Has To Be The Craziest Fishing Story Of 2022

Mayor Shubert

With the year coming to a close, it’s always fun to look back on some of the coolest, wildest, funniest and strangest moments outdoors moments of the year.

And with the unpredictability of nature, there is about a zillion different stories to highlight, and of course we have the scumbag walleye cheaters that rocked the fishing world, but this one from Ohio still takes the cake for me.

It’s a timeless tale of ice fishing and… prositution?

Honestly, if you didn’t know that ice fishing and prostitution are DANGEROUSLY connected… you’re an ignorant fool. I mean, statistics show that 97% of all prostitution occurs inside ice fishing shanties… an astonishing number, I know, but facts are facts.

Okay, not really… but for one Ohio Mayor, he refused to believe otherwise.

According to Cleveland 19, Craig Shubert, mayor of Hudson, Ohio, said during a city council discussion on ice fishing safety that the popular wintertime activity could lead to prostitution.

Yeah…. prostitution.

While the discussion went on about if ice fishing should be allowed at Hudson Springs Parks, he said:

“If you open this up to ice fishing, while on the surface it sounds good, then what happens next year? Does somebody come back and say, ‘I want an ice shanty in Hudson Springs Park for ‘X’ amount of time?’

And if you then allow ice fishing with shanties, then that leads to another problem… prostitution.”

I mean, it’s straight out of a Saturday Night Live sketch…


I love how he says it so nonchalantly like it’s a known fact that all ice fishing leads to prostitution. Like an overprotective dad yelling about gateway drugs. Like Bobby Boucher’s mama saying everything is “of the devil” in The Waterboy.

“You know what happens when you ice fish…. SEX.”

I’ll admit, I’m not that familiar with ice fishing, although I’d love to try it sometime. That being said, I suppose I could see a few horn dawgs erecting a shanty for a lady of the night to hold their poles, but… c’mon man. What an absolute reach… completely out of left field.

He almost reminds me of the dad from Freaks & Geeks:

Mayor Shubert Resigns

One minute, you’re the crimefighting mayor of an Akron suburb, and the next, you’re quitting your job out of embarrassment… what a turn of events.

After Mayor Craig Shubert went mega-viral on a number of websites for his asinine claim about ice fishing hookers, it didn’t just stop at internet famous.

As it turns out, he embarrassed both himself, the town, and his colleagues… and has since resigned from his position as mayor.

Councilwoman Nicole Kowalski said people are upset that Shubert “continually embarrasses our town with wild claims.”

Continually embarrass? Sounds like ol’ Craig has been wearing out his welcome for a while now.

In his resignation statement, Shubert blamed the internet for “character assassination,” “personal destruction,” and said his comments were solely based out of concern for the community:

“My comments at Tuesday’s workshop were made out of concern for our community; what could become of unintended consequences of new legislation, based on my prior television news reporting experience.

My attempt to inject a bit of dry humor to make a point about this, in the midst of a cold, snowy February, was grossly misunderstood.

Some in our community saw this as an opportunity to engage in the politics of personal destruction by means of character assassination, blaming me for the negative international press they helped to promote.”

Welp Craig, can’t win ’em all, eh?

Maybe in your retirement you can take up, I don’t know… ice fishing?

Once again, the internet is undefeated…

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock