Had some pretty big BOOMERS today on a lake not that far away. One shook the ice so much that water pooled out of holes. 12" of ice there and a much bigger lake. Kinda makes a person feel like the whole lake is gonna cave in.
Like said I know that about ice. I almost took a video of it yesterday. It's such an oddity how loud it is. After 2 hours it went back to what was expected. Several cracks went through the area I was fishing.
I was kind of curious if the noise was affecting the fishing kind of like when someone drills a ton of holes and the fish shut off for a while. Either way I'll be back next weekend and if it's still making noise I'll take a video. Going on 10+ inches of ice I don't expect it.
For your information the ice pops and cracks when it is making more ice. Because of the expansion when the water is freezing. When the ice is freezing a lot you get louder cracking and popping sounds. On smaller bodies of water such as this you can actually feel the ice move.
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The fish didn't seem to be biting today. I marked a few here and there and eventually caught 2 gills and a perch glued to the bottom.
Between 10am-noon the ice was making cracking and popping noises again but after noon the lake went silent.
The Ice is 8 inches everywhere and up to 10-11 in some places. Water clarity was pretty good just nothing to see.
I've been fishing the lake for the last 3 or 4 winters like every weekend. I think I got use to the cracking/popping like when I was fishing Lake Superior but today was probably the loudest I have ever heard ice. Maybe I'll stop back tomorrow.
Maybe it's the springs. I know there are a lot. If only Unsolved Mysteries was still on.
Blindstich, I was just talking to my brother about how this was the loudest lake ever! I don't know if it's the shape of the lake, or if it's because there are so many springs putting pressure on the ice, or a combination of those things, or something else, but I've been out there and it literally sounded like a cannon going off. Very unnerving, especially at night, by yourself. lol. Used to fish there at night a few years ago. Hate to admit it, but that place freaked me out more than once. The ice is fine, just incredibly loud sometimes.
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Went out to Ottawa today thinking I was going to fish it but I unloaded my gear and started dragging it out in my Otter. Every step the ice was cracking. I've fished on a lot of ice both safe and questionable and this didn't sound right. I walked with a spud and drilled several holes between the dock and the middle showing 6-7 inches of ice. But the whole time the ice cracked.
It wasn't like pressure cracks from the ice expanding. It sounded more like a dumptruck driving across ice that was only safe for a car.
There were two other people there just to walk their dog and they didn't even like standing at the launch with all the cracking.
Friday it sounded safe and today it didn't so I went to Upper Genesse. Hopefully it sounds better next weekend because it should be safe but I wasn't taking any chances.
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Three of us out from 2 until 6. Two northerns. Both about 24". We missed one other fish on a tip up. Lots and lots of tiny panfish. Planned to stay for a few hours after dark by myself. Wind started picking up a little and I was starving. Got the hell out around 6. There were a few other people out up until a little after dusk. Saw a couple other northerns caught. Thanks to the guy who punched a bunch of holes for us with his Ion. Those are the best augers I have ever seen. So smooth and quiet. Amazing compared to any gas auger. I really want one now! lol