The fishing community suffered a great loss this past weekend, when popular guide Jim Hudson died after he fell through Lake Superior ice on his snowmobile.
“Jim was special to us,” said Teeg Stouffer, executive director of Recycled Fish, a conservation organization. “He befriended and coached me, made inroads for our cause in the ice fishing community, championed, legitimized and supported us.
“He is on the cover of our Stewards "On Ice" booklet, and we gave away a fishing trip with him that he donated to the 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon this year.
“Part of his legacy is having been an advocate for stewardship of Lake Superior, and he had such an impact.
“Over the past few days, Facebook has been awash with people remembering and celebrating him. He lived more in his 34 years than most do in a lifetime, and his family will never have to wonder if he made a difference in the world.”
Hudson was leading a fishing trip in Bayfield when his snowmobile broke through the ice on a channel. Rescue crews reported that he was in the 33-degree water for at least 30 minutes before he was airlifted to Essentia Health in Duluth, where he was pronounced dead.
And go here to learn about a memorial fund set up in Hudson’s honor.