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I found this chilling one on another forum and this was up in Kalispell Montana...for you guys and gals still cold footing it...


Well, there are those who have gone thru and those that are gonna...I now am a former.

February 26th, on a lake that is known for good ice, ya just never know where or when you might go thru, you have to be ready no matter what. The ice in MT has been very weird this year, all of Feb was above normal temps and very sunny. And this was a warm day with no wind so that made it a lot less dangerous...

Spent all day slamming jumbo perch, and when it was time to go, we discovered the one small pressure ridge we had to cross had grown considerably. Started to look for a different way to get off the ice. The whole shore had had sun on it all day...All we could do was look for the best way to go and hope for the best. Got about 150 yards from shore...and thru we went!!!!

Your first reaction is, "I gotta get out of the water"!!! I swam away from the quad and started to try to climb up onto the ice. Every time I tried it kept breaking, and my partner was having the same trouble. FINALLY, I broke enough ice away where I could start swimming, and once horizontal, I was able to get up on the ice. George did the same but as soon as he got up, it broke and we were in again.

I turned around and saw the quad was floating so I swam over to it and as I grabbed onto it I could feel some bottom below me, I was able to stand up in chest deep water. I yelled to George and he swam over to me, grabbed his ice house and got his ice picks out. He swam back to the edge and pulled himself right up and out. I got everything unhooked, pushed both portables up onto the ice, then he tossed me his picks and I pulled myself out. We got to shore with out going thru again. Had to leave the quad overnight and went out the next morning and with the help of some friends, a winch and some chest waders we got it right out.

LESSONS LEARNED---WEAR ICE PICKS!! I cannot stress this enough, without those $4 items, you will wear yourself out trying to swim onto the ice. I am going to sew them to the collar of my coat so I am NEVER on ice again without them, no matter how good the ice.

#2- If you know the ice is marginal, send a scout first. I should have walked the ice first and saved putting the quad through. And I should have been solo on the machine, one of us should have been walking and prepared for the worst.

#3 and perhaps most important, KNOW WHAT YOU WILL DO WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU!!! I have played this scenario out in my head a gazillion times and I was able to keep my head...when I couldnt climb out, I knew I had to make some space so i could start swimming, until I was swimming and horizontal, there was no way out. Of course, the picks make that a moot point. Have a gameplan!!! If you panic, you put yourself and whoever is trying to help you at risk...

Especially now when the ice is getting marginal everywhere, be smart, think ahead and be prepared. Another friend of mine went thru a lake yesterday, he was all alone, spent about 1/2 hour in the water and has a very expensive ambulance ride and emergeny room visit because of it.

Is it worth it????

The one positive thing that has come from this, I now KNOW, I can go thru and survive it, by keeping a cool head and being prepared....but that doesnt give me the right to be stupid about it, thats what I must remember...
 

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Got to love the ice:

 
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Good one guys! I just sent this to my buddys that are fishing 4-5 miles out on Saginaw bay on their 4 wheelers. He just caught a 22" whitefish, but is it worth it?
 

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Phew, You just can't take chances, When in doubt don't go out. Those fellas were lucky they were in shallow water.

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wow, this is amazing but ain't it always true each year, someplace on frozen pond.
back in ohio when we'd fish lake erie, literally every year hundreds of fishermen would get stuck on the ice at one time or another during the season - with car, atv, snow machine, shanty, you name it. the coast guard would rescue them - only, thus leaving their stuff on the ice. they'd get dropped off safely, then turn right around and go out after their stuff. many times resulting in their death.
i can't figure why people don't respect their lives and the conditions more. i guess fools boat too and similar results occur.
 

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Icefishing is a very safe sport but you have to be careful, especially on late ice. I just don't go icefishing after about the tenth of march, both because of the danger and warm water fishing heating up!
 

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Hey boys and girls-just for what it's worth, your insurance company doesn't have to pay you if your rig deep sixes because you took it out on the ice. They consider that as negligent behavior.
 

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I fell thru the ice last year at 11 Mile in Jan-me and two buddies were walking out on the ice at first light looking for a place to drill our first holes. Must have hit a bad spot because I was on the ice one second and in the water the next. I grabbed the edge of the ice and pulled myself out-the adrenaline was with me and I came out of that hole and onto ice that held me. I had a change of clothes in the truck and we ended up fishing the whole day but after that I gave away all my ice fishing stuff to a friend and haven't been back. I think my ice fishing days are behind me. ::) Ed
 

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kirbydog said:
I think my ice fishing days are behind me.
I'll second that. I decided a few years ago that I would become a fair-weather fisherman, with no apologies.

One winter up on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota I watched an amazing thing. It was early April and the ice was getting pretty rotten and the sun was warm and bright. This ice fisherman was out there with his pickup, and the front wheels dropped through until the bumper hit the ice, holding it up. This genius walked home, got his big old heavy farm tractor, drove it out onto the ice...

And he backed it up to the front of the pickup!!!

Of course, everything went all the way through then. It took a D8 Caterpillar with a big winch on shore, to pull both vehicles out the next day.

Some people should not be allowed to reproduce...
 

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Scaredy-cats! Climb back on the horse that threw ya!I've been through a couple times,Chatfield about 50 yrds from shore,other times close to shore.
 

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ice fishing is great, but i would hate to go threw, thankfully it never has happended to me, but i have heard stories, i think chatfield is very dangerous and i would never ice fish that lake
 
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I was thinking about ice fishin' this year, but after that story......

I will probably postpone it until next year.
 

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i think the moral of this story is to be safe about it. scout out where you are going. take safety equipment and try not to fish by yourself
 

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Some people will go out on 3 inches of clear ice. I won't. The ice does not freeze uniformly and one spot might be 3 and a few feet over 1. Taking a dip in 35 degree does not interest me. If you want to live on the edge go ahead but I won't.

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A few vehicles went into Twin Lakes a couple of winters ago. One with a trailer and two snomobiles. In the spring they have divers attach cords and wench them up. Twin averages one to three vehicles a winter, just got to stay away from that west end.
 

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Wouldnt that suck to be in your vehicle when it went through?I think I'd need a new pair of undies!
 

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Wouldnt that suck to be in your vehicle when it went through?I think I'd need a new pair of undies!
The biggest vehicle I would put on the ice is a 4wheeler... I use to ice fish with my Uncle as a kid and was always scared his truck was going to fall threw and make us fall in to.
 

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i've taken both the truck and the 4 wheeler out and you just got to be careful, if it even looks funny i don't take the truck out. this is of course after many previous trips to that lake and checking many spots on the lake to see how it froze. i have actually hit some slush spots on the lake before, you know the ones where you get a lot of snow on the lake and when you cut a hole then in a couple hours you are fishing in a slush fest, i have hit these the next day when cruising to a spot with the 4 wheeler, the first few times of that will load your drawers up.the top layer freezes up and you break through and see water. i freaked the first few times..
 

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ive read that you should remove your doors or attleast click the latch so they wont latch shut when you are on the ice that way you can bail quick in an emegency
 
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