Ice fishing is an activity in which you risk your life by venturing out on ice which may or may not be strong enough to bear your weight, hack at the ice right under your feet with an ax to make a hole, bait and set a gizmo called a tip-up, and sit outside in the cold watching the flag on the tip-up stubbornly refuse to tip up.
The flag is attached to a spool of fishing line, which is attached to a baited hook. In theory, the flag will pop up when a fish takes the bait, or when hell freezes over, whichever comes first.
People argue endlessly about whether, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody’s there to hear it, it really makes a noise, but everyone seems to agree that when you go ice fishing and there are no fish to tip up your tip-up, it’s still called ice fishing.
This activity shouldn’t be called ‘ice fishing.’ It should be called ‘freezing.’