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hey all-
the excitement seems pretty serious on icing this weekend...appears it is the first one of the ice season.
just a word of wisdom if any one really cares...
BE SAFE, take no chances, be prepared, have a safety plan and LIVE TO FISH ANOTHER DAY!
ice fishing marginal or unsafe ice and thin ice is not a wise idea.  i think a minimum of 6" of good ice is a must! 
hope you all that venture out have a safe experience, good weather to/from, and good luck catching!
please take time to report in when you can on ice conditions, thickness, open water issues, catch results, what you used, fishing pressure etc.
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One other item should be noted also...the mountains have been getting ripped with a series of storms...possibly piling up snow on ice on some reservoirs...which has an insulating effect...slowing down the formation of ice...and in some of those spots it may not be as thick as others...and hard to tell with snow on top...just drill a few extra holes on your way out...
 

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Excellent advice.

It never hurts to have someone in your group carry a 50 ft throw rope tied to a life jacket or square float to pitch to someone that falls through. Everyone should be carrying a set of picks either in a pocket or hanging around their neck when wandering on first ice.  Keep couple of enexpensive ice cleats in your kit, they could come in handy when you need to gain traction on slick ice while pulling on rope to pull someone out.

Think backup; carry a complete change of clothes and shoes in your truck or car to quickly get out of the wet cold clothes and prevent onset of hypothermia. Have a thermos of hot fluids to bring up the body core heat.

Remain aware.. always think safety, that life you may save may be yours.
 
 

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I think 6" is a one-size-fits-all rule that insures safety for pretty much everyone out there.  If you insist on going alone, take some ice picks with you, so you have a chance to pull yourself out if the need should arise.

Everyone I know is planning to go to Chambers, which had 6" a week ago, and at 10,000 feet the temps have been plenty cold enough to keep it solid in the interim.

My personal rule is 4" of ice minimum, but at that thickness I'm taking only the necessities to keep light, and you won't see me jumping up and down!

Most states that make recommendations recommend 2" of ice for one person, but given the variable quality of ice in some cases, 2" doesn't inspire my conidence enough to venture onto the ice. 
 

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Cutthroat said:
I think 6" is a one-size-fits-all rule that insures safety for pretty much everyone out there. If you insist on going alone, take some ice picks with you, so you have a chance to pull yourself out if the need should arise.

Everyone I know is planning to go to Chambers, which had 6" a week ago, and at 10,000 feet the temps have been plenty cold enough to keep it solid in the interim.

My personal rule is 4" of ice minimum, but at that thickness I'm taking only the necessities to keep light, and you won't see me jumping up and down!

Most states that make recommendations recommend 2" of ice for one person, but given the variable quality of ice in some cases, 2" doesn't inspire my conidence enough to venture onto the ice.
ditto.
What was funny today however, island lake had 6" of ice and the guy at the lodge said they don't think its safe until january...lol there is like 2 foot of ice then. oh well guess they don't want to be sued by some bozo. People that don't icefish don't understand how safe it can be. (however it can be dangerous to so take care)

I always go with partners, I've only icefished alone a few times.
 

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Went to Jefferson yesterday and decided to leave and fish another day. My buddy stepped through ice about five feet off shore and yet a foot away I drilled a test hole that was at least 6" thick. We decided with the varying ice to head out and live to fish another day. It was the first time I have ever had to walk away. Glad my buddy found the variable ice there and not 100' from shore.
 

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Lucky7...that is a sick feeling from what I have heard when you step through...glad your buddy is ok...I read someplace that Chambers has slush on top...that happens sometimes with ice when heavy snow push down down on the ice surface...saw it a couple of years back on Lake John...shoveled the snow away...drilled the hole...water came pouring up through into a 2 inch deep puddle...all the weight was making the ice surface sag a bit I think...it was weird...funny things happen with early ice and heavy snow...

But the main thing your buddy is ok...
 

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Just fished South Delaney and on the last day one of my fishing partners and I were looking for our holes from the day before.
One of my partners found one of the holes when he went up to his knee when was walking. He was hurting. On our way home we took him to the hospital. He had a fractured bone just above the knee. I lost one of my fishing partners for at least 6 weeks.
It was a 10? hole. Lets all be careful.

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Thats a good point Honest Dave...it was that same John weekend I mentioned above on the Sunday that two of my friends stepped through 10 inch holes they couldnt see and went up to mid thigh...you can pull a submarine through a 10 inch hole...
 

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Hello guys, I just found this site and it looks good.

I agree, be safe. If you do carry spikes on crappy ice, keep them in your pockets or looped off to yoru wrists. From expereince, when you go through, if they're in your hands they won't be after the initial fall. I went through three years ago on crappy ice that I just had to fish. I lost my auger, and all. I got out, but my spikes were no where to be found. Pretty surreal moment all alone on a high country lake walking out soaked from my arm pits down.

Good luck
 
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i just watched the whole video OURAY posted and man, that is radical! everyone should watch it. you never know if you, friends or others out icing around you will need to know how to save a life.
 

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Two years ago I went through on Chatfield. Thank God I had my picks around my neck!!! 25 FOW and no one around. Had to try three times to get out but finally made it and rolled to safe ice. Luckily my sled was on a LONG rope and I saved my gear. Very Scary!!!
 

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that video was awesome. i learned alot . ithink the most important thing he said was try to keep a clear head.
 
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