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Old 12-13-2003, 01:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I stopped by Big Bend this afternoon. The lake is completely iced over. I checked the thickness of the hook-channel-bay thingy. I was able to stand on it without falling through but with lots of cracking. I used a stick to put some holes in it. The ice ranged from 1-2 inches. I didnt try the main lake because it gets deep really fast and i didnt want to risk it. I will probally fish the hook this weekend baring a big warm up. If i do fall through its only a couple of feet deep.

Next I went to Beck lake. This lake is also completely iced over. I only tested the west shore. I walked out about 5 feet. No cracking. When i jumped it cracked. Next I used my stick to poke holes. It took alot more pounding to break through. This ice was 2-3 inches and stronger than Big Bend. I m not going to fish here for a few more weeks because the middle is probally thinner. I noticed that something broke through. Hopefully it was one of those darn dogs and it didnt get out :wink:

Heres a tip learned today. besides saving you from falling on your @ss, creeper could prevent you from falling through. If the ice starts to crack, you will run away instinctively. If the ice is slick, then when you run you will go no where unless you are wearing creepers to give you traction. I learned this when I stood on the ice and it craked, i ran and fell down. Luckily it didnt break and i was only in 6 icnhes of water.

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Old 12-13-2003, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for the report. Hopefully no rain or heavy snow (insulator) and the ice should stay. Asked the CCFP biolgist about ice conditions at Tampier, but he didn't do any measuring - but did say iced over and geese standing on top of it

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Mike48,
You certainly are looking for an ice bath. The best way to find out if the ice is thick enough is not jumping on it. You scare me. 2 inches is about the minimum you should be on, and even then you can't be sure all the ice is 2 inches thick.

Get/make some ice spikes that you can use to pull yourself out with if you fall through. Wear a life jacket - it makes it easier to find the body.

Please be safe out there.
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i went to maple lake the other day and it was iced over. it looked like there was still a little open water where the geese were playing. i could walk out the edge a little and jump with no cracking. im a light guy though. i cant wait.

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Larry, I was on ice that was over 6 icnhes of water. If it fell, my ankles get wet.
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UPDATE: 12/19
Big Bend's ice survived the warm up. The ice was a little iffy near shore but a few feet out it was strong. I could make a hole with my poking stick so i dont have a thickness.

Beck didnt do so well. There is a large open spot NW of the island. Also, there is 3-6 feet of water/thin ice at the shore. I wasnt able to check the ice. The ice in the middle looked like a few inches but i dont know for sure. In a few weeks when there is good ice, stay away from the NW side of the island becuase that ice will most likely be the thinnest of the lake.

Unfortunately there is a warm spell with rain in the forcast.
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Mike, it sounds like you should get your self a spud bar



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