Ron Deiss was selected as Carver of the Month for August 2008 for his devotion to spear fishing and passing along his experience and knowledge to the next generation. Thanks Ron for help keeping ice fish spearing alive and well. (Fishcritter)
Ron Deiss hails from Rock Island, Illinois and enjoys ice spear fishing, carving fish, and as a part time hobby conducts research on the subject. In 2006 he was published by the Big River magazine in an article named “Spearing Fish Through the Ice” and the Oshkosh Public Museum an article named “A Brief History of Ice Spear fishing on the Fox River and its Tributaries in East Central Wisconsin“. Another article Ron wrote is Ice Spear Fishing and Fish Decoys is one of my favorites that I have read of his. Ron does his research and seems to get it right. See the “Decoy Reference Materials” on this website for more of Ron’s and others works.
Ron Deiss is an archeologist with the Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District. He enjoys spearfishing where it’s legal and he carves his own decoys, besides collecting antique decoys.
Many thanks to Ron for his wonderful and well informed articles and insights into the realm of fish decoys and spear fishing.
Ron carves darkhouse and scenes as well as small fish decoys and carved fisherman. He also makes metal spears.
Permission granted by
Ron Deiss, CEMVR-PM-A
Rock Island District Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 2004
Clock Tower Building
Rock Island, Illinois 61204-2004