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lowaccord66:
Ice thickness isnt an indicator of ice safety this time of year. 

ronbgood55:
I agree Low....its the condition of that ICE, water temp,weather, currents, . I hate to see this ice fishing season come to an end...Its was great fun talking to you guys...I hope I 'll be around next season....Take care Guys...God Bless you all

Snitch#8:
There were trucks driving on the ice in mid-Michigan yesterday.  The ice was about 18in thick.  A lot of people will say 18in thick ice is enough for a tank!  It may be but it could also cost you your life.  Like stated above ice thickness doesn't matter as much as ice strength.  This time of year especially here, we have a lot of freezing and thawing.  Those conditions make for some very dangerous ice.  When the weather warms the ice will start to melt.  The water from the melting ice will start to drain down through the ice making pockets of air.  After repeated freezing and thawing the ice will become honeycombed making the ice very fragile.  About 20 years ago I fell through a foot of ice that was honeycombed.  At the time I was carrying a bucket with fish and rods in one hand and my spud in the other.  Since I knew I was on 12 inches of ice, I wasn't checking it as I went.  That is the last time I made that mistake.  For those of you out there that are just starting to ice fish and for those who think that thick ice is safe, I pray that you heed my advice.  Check the ice and do it often, the ice you went safely out on in the morning, could kill you coming off at night!  As for driving trucks on thick ice, I don't do it anymore at all!  But if you do, please check it for not only thickness, but hardness, as well!   

Rangerboats391:
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Gills-only:

--- Quote from: Snitch#8 on Mar 11, 2022, 09:27 AM ---There were trucks driving on the ice in mid-Michigan yesterday.  The ice was about 18in thick.  A lot of people will say 18in thick ice is enough for a tank!  It may be but it could also cost you your life.  Like stated above ice thickness doesn't matter as much as ice strength.  This time of year especially here, we have a lot of freezing and thawing.  Those conditions make for some very dangerous ice.  When the weather warms the ice will start to melt.  The water from the melting ice will start to drain down through the ice making pockets of air.  After repeated freezing and thawing the ice will become honeycombed making the ice very fragile.  About 20 years ago I fell through a foot of ice that was honeycombed.  At the time I was carrying a bucket with fish and rods in one hand and my spud in the other.  Since I knew I was on 12 inches of ice, I wasn't checking it as I went.  That is the last time I made that mistake.  For those of you out there that are just starting to ice fish and for those who think that thick ice is safe, I pray that you heed my advice.  Check the ice and do it often, the ice you went safely out on in the morning, could kill you coming off at night!  As for driving trucks on thick ice, I don't do it anymore at all!  But if you do, please check it for not only thickness, but hardness, as well!

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.    A spud does little good on honeycomb ice, although it better than nothing. Early ice much easier to read, so when you “throw” your spud to check in front of you it’s a false feeling. Have never fell thru in 55 years but late ice is by far the hardest to read no matter how thick !!

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