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The weather is warm! The ice is dangerous!

3/12/19 @ 3:42 PM
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jaybeeturtle
jaybeeturtle
USER since 3/17/06

Once again, it is that time of the year when people are worried about the ice when it gets a bit warm. In my area, ice is 16 to 20 inches at this time. I'm all for peoples safety. But there always seems to be some unnecessary worry or even panic about the ice this time of the year. From your experience,  when is it time to really be careful,  and at what point should people stay off the ice?

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TODAY @ 7:52 AM
USAbrams1991
USAbrams1991
USER since 2/13/17

I ice fished on the Cisco Chain last wed. With heavy rains on Thurs, I said I'm done. I drilled holes out from the landing out to where I fished, about a mile out. Once I got a 1/2 mile out the ice was consistent at about 12-14", but there was that odd 1/2" of crap you fall through into 4" of water before getting to hard ice. Had a few flags, didn't catch anything, Perch-wise.

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4/15/19 @ 10:46 PM
n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02

Kvan-You made the right decision then and that trout is awesome!

Jaybee...57 degrees? Wow, that warmed up quick! Bass beware now that you are on the prowl!

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4/15/19 @ 8:33 AM
kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11

Glad you made it out N.Pike! I broke through at the landing but was able to find a spot to walk on. Made it ~20 yards out spudding and decided to punch a hole to check actual ice quality. Had 12"+ of what I'd consider fairly solid ice. Took 2 steps from there and took a swim. Made my decision to switch over to trout pretty easy!

This was also on a lake with a slight current near the landing. Plenty of other lakes still accessible but none that I wanted to fish.

Until next year, tight lines fellas!

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4/14/19 @ 11:00 PM
jaybeeturtle
jaybeeturtle
USER since 3/17/06

Way to go, n.pike Jeff! Amazing how different it can be from one side of Wisconsin to another. Fished an open water bay last week in Waukesha county that was 57 degrees,saw one bass starting to make a bed,  and you still have 20 inches of ice up there. That’s crazy

Edited on 4/14/19 11:04 PM
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4/14/19 @ 9:49 PM
n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02

Got out today. 20 inches. But, it's getting soft. Still, very safe on the lake I was on...for now. Might not last too much longer on this small lake. 

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4/10/19 @ 10:08 PM
n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02

I'm hearing mixed reports. I was out last week. Tons of ice. Shorelines great. But, things seem to have changed. Just by the looks of things, ice doesn't appear "great" anymore. But, I'm planning 2 more trips. We all probably know certain lakes that hold their ice super long and those southern shorelines can hold their ice quite a while.

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4/10/19 @ 7:43 AM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12

Nice to hear from ya Edward! How ya been?

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4/9/19 @ 8:04 PM
Edward Felcohands
Edward Felcohands
USER since 2/24/09

I fished the mercer area friday-monday.  ice is thick but soft.  crappies on fire!  Lakes I was on didnt have large fish but tons of 10-11" fish.  The rain and heat really did a number on the ice.  clear doesn't always mean strong this time of year.  You could break through the frozen slush layer and go right into an old hole.  getting tricky out there.  I'd call it quits after the snow if I wasn't super confident in my ability to survive a dunk.  The ice that is there will be gone in two weeks, its not worth it anymore

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4/9/19 @ 2:02 PM
kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11

Yeah I'm more worried about the shorelines with the weight of the snow. Main lakes should be fine. I'll be packing the ice fishing and trout fishing gear for Saturday just in case lol.

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4/9/19 @ 12:58 PM
USAbrams1991
USAbrams1991
USER since 2/13/17

I'm giving her one more shot next tuesday. Striker suit floats, ATV doesn't.

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