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They will never tell you it's safe. Even if it's a foot of ice. Your best bet is to go out with an experienced ice fisherman, with all of the proper safety gear. Take a spud bar, and check the ice before you get on, and then a few more times as you're going out.
 

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I talked to the ranger this morning she said they do not think it is safe 3 1/2 to 4" . But there were people on the ice yesterday. I couldn't afford the spud bar yesterday... I will get one next paycheck ...
 

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I talked to the ranger this morning she said they do not think it is safe 3 1/2 to 4" . But there were people on the ice yesterday. I couldn't afford the spud bar yesterday... I will get one next paycheck ...
Like I said, they won't ever tell you it's "safe".

3-1/2 - 4" is plenty, if it's still clear hard ice. I was with a friend at Cherry Creek on Sunday. He tested the ice before he got on in one area, and it was 4" thick, but cloudy, with a lot of air bubbles. It was very "soft" ice and not good for walking on. We fished another area that had 4-5" of very hard, clear ice.

Good luck out there.
 

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Went out in Barr this after noon and found spots where the ice was four to five inches thick, plenty of tracks and holes on it.. ranger said perch and bluegill were hitting ...
 

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Lol barr isn't a big secret. Even if it's safe you still have to catch those finicky effing fish.

With that said I won't go back till after this upcoming cold snap. The chinooks the last 3 days has probably turned that Ice to ****.
 

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Not drained. Was out on the 1st and edges were thin but at least 5 inches once you get out a few feet. Mostly crappie with a few largemouth and one
small walleye. Walked out maybe 400 yards on west side.
 
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