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Title: Itís going fast
Post by: pearcheyes on Feb 23, 2021, 07:57 PM
Hit schock lake after work tonight,ice is soft and deteriorating fast .With temps approaching 50 this weekend it might be toast.Granted most lakes have a lot of snow ice and very little clear ice.Oh well itís still been a better ice season than the last three weíve had .Be safe venturing out the rest of the season
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: taxi1 on Feb 23, 2021, 08:09 PM
I saw this on Facebook today. I hope the poster doesn't mind me posting it as it's in line with this thread and could save someone from a tragedy.

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Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: Michigan Slim on Feb 23, 2021, 08:26 PM
My son is an EMT with Mentone. He texted me about this while I was on the lake with my daughter. We had great ice in Lagrange County. Got a dozen nice gills.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: taxi1 on Feb 24, 2021, 04:31 AM
My son is an EMT with Mentone. He texted me about this while I was on the lake with my daughter. We had great ice in Lagrange County. Got a dozen nice gills.

Maybe has something to do with depth snow cover on the ice? I know Lagrange County got less snow in the last big storm than farther south. I only got about 6 inches in Ligonier while Ft. Wayne got a foot.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: zcm_82 on Feb 24, 2021, 05:57 AM
Ours is turning really quick. I went out on a pond for a bit yesterday after work. The sheet had thinned from 10" on Sunday morning to less than 7. The top was sloppy slush and there were puddles of water standing in spots. The edges are getting really soft, only took me 2 hard pokes with the chisel to pop through it along the banks.

I'm going to try it again after work today, but I'm not sure I'll even be able to get on it as fast as the edges are rotting.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: RoeBoat on Feb 24, 2021, 06:57 AM
I think you're right taxi.  Was on a Noble county lake yesterday and I believe the snow pack is helping insulate the ice.  Just not sure how long before it honeycombs with the water and slush on top.  At 10am I was walking on top most places, not so much later in the day.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: Michigan Slim on Feb 24, 2021, 06:58 AM
Maybe has something to do with depth snow cover on the ice? I know Lagrange County got less snow in the last big storm than farther south. I only got about 6 inches in Ligonier while Ft. Wayne got a foot.

I'm wondering about dark bottoms soaking up more sun and softening the ice.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: taxi1 on Feb 24, 2021, 07:26 AM
Another factor is the photoperiod this time of year.  Longer days for melting while the sun is up.

We get another arctic outbreak next week thoug according to some computer models.

Edit: Updated computer models don't show an arctic outbreak.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: RoeBoat on Feb 24, 2021, 07:55 AM
That's exactly what we need.  If this crap on top would re-freeze it would go along ways to extending the season.  Sun is definitely hot!  I don't cheer on the clouds very often but definitely like to see them this time of year.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: zcm_82 on Feb 24, 2021, 08:03 AM
Looks like our season is done sometime in the next couple days this far south. It won't be coming back once it opens up around here.
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Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: pearcheyes on Feb 24, 2021, 07:39 PM
Hit schock this afternoon.managed 20 nice gills.Ice is very scary and chunking out .Itís my last outing for the season if any brave souls venture out be safe and have safety protocols
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: zcm_82 on Feb 24, 2021, 08:14 PM
My season is done. I stepped through to my shins trying to get out on a pond today... lots of standing water on top, and there was a little open water with a flock of geese on the far end.

Looked at a couple other ponds and they had open water spots, too. Packed all the gear up and put it away for next winter.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: Michigan Slim on Feb 24, 2021, 08:15 PM
I'm done too. Spikes will go in my brides bluebird feeders tomorrow.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: zcm_82 on Feb 24, 2021, 08:20 PM
Time to prep the boat, as soon as the snow finishes melting off my yard and dries out enough to move the trailer.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: taxi1 on Feb 25, 2021, 10:13 AM
I'm done too. Spikes will go in my brides bluebird feeders tomorrow.

Can you elaborate on that?
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: Michigan Slim on Feb 25, 2021, 10:21 AM
We feed the bluebirds heavy at my house. Mealworms. They can eat my bait too.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: SlabHammer on Feb 25, 2021, 01:03 PM
Was on wawasee yesterday evening, water all over the place but under the slush there was still a lot of good ice. It's such a mess though that I dont think I will be out again.
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: Hexagenia51 on Feb 25, 2021, 02:16 PM
Was there this morning and it tightened up pretty good! Had water under the surface but good ice on down. The damn fish didnít bite worth a crap again. Hex
Title: Re: Itís going fast
Post by: taxi1 on Feb 27, 2021, 04:39 PM
We feed the bluebirds heavy at my house. Mealworms. They can eat my bait too.

Oh get it now. I thought you meant ice spikes for boots! I was sooooooooo confused!

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