I would support Ice Fishermen being required to pay for thier rescue ONLY if the rescue occurs on a navigable waterway, by the Coast Gaurd.
Anytime an ice fisherman ventures onto a ice patch on a large body of water that is not completely landlocked there is a known risk of wind blown ice shifting that could strand the ice fisherman.
The decision to proceed in a recreational activity with the known inherent risks of such an activity should be only the responsibility of the decision maker.
To put the burden on me, the tax payer, to pay for thier rescue when there is a known risk prior to engaging in the recreational activity would cause, and does cause, undo taxation of me to pay for thier decision.
This is not unlike the laws that require mountian climbers to pay for thier own resues if needed.
I have ice fished Lake Erie many times and will continue to ice fish Lake Erie. It is my choice to do so. In such, I must, and I am willing to accept the results of my decision. I don't want anyone else to have to pay for MY choice.
When the tax's of the many go to pay for the activities of the few the only result is more taxes. I won't ask anybody to pay for my choices if nobody asks me to pay for thier choices.