I swear some of those holes people punch on those lakes...I'm shocked kids haven't drowned or there a thread about "lost my vexilar" down the hole.
Why do people use 8+ inch holes
“Do your own research.”
That‘s not how it works. You put it out there that people have died from stepping in holes and then we’re asked to back it up and this is your response? A response like that reeks of you being full of crap. If you make a claim like you did then you better be able to support it.
I looked into the possibility of someone dying from stepping in a hole...specifically a pretty comprehensive site covering the physics of ice formation. It also has a tally of every known “falling through ice” fatality known in the United States plus a few in Canada. Not one in 10 years was attributed to stepping in a 10 inch hole....but using your premise of banning something related to deaths associated with breaking through ice it is very clear that all snowmobile and ATV use on frozen bodies of water should be banned. They are far, far more dangerous than stepping in a 10 inch hole.
So what is it? Do you actually have some sort of article citing the cause of death as stepping in a hole made by a 10 inch auger or were you just making that up? I’ll hang up and listen.
I did some research, couldn't find a single case of anyone dying from stepping in an ice hole. It's ok to think people shouldn't use a 10" hole, but to claim they kill people makes it sound like you should be working for CNN.
Wisconsin allows ice fishing in a hole up to 12" across, so those of you from this great state hating on 10" holes better be drafting a citizen resolution for the spring Conservation Congress meetings to ban anything bigger than 8", or 6" if you're only fishing panfish.
Does it make sense that I use an 8” auger? Damn right does. I’m not buying a separate smaller auger for pan fish, but on the same token, I’m not buying a larger one either! Use whatever auger your heart desires. Until there’s a law out there, nobody is going to make me feel bad about using an 8” auger!! Lol This is really funny. Then when someone says there isn’t a law, the same people will say it’s just good morals. Unbelievable!!!! Lol
Well, a manhole cover is 22in across. A 10in hole is still. A 10in hole. As far as kids on the ice goes, if you care about your kids, you won't let them into the ice until they are big enough to safely be on the ice.
I agree with cold front on this one...
Bout 30 years ago a guy spud a hole that was the size of a sewer cover on the kettle at nagawika (sp). He filled it in with slush, I went in to my waist one leg. I was messed up for a long time. Thankfully I had a snowmobile out there cause I could barely stand up muchless walk. Has nothing to do with this thread except for the fact of covering up holes. slush in holes it takes a lot longer to freeze up tight.
Anyone talking stupid about kids stepping in holes obviously don't have kids. I don't think I need to elaborate much on the fact that you can tell kids something 25 times and they'll still forget.
I don't even think this thread applies to lakes where there are people all spread out looking for walleye's such as Winnebago. Or a lake where people are fishing tip up's for Pike...but the guys that come out in to a group, let's say madison, monona bay, there is always a large crowd. Does it makes sense to run a 8 inch auger for 7 inch bluegills?
I get using fish appropriate holes, but augers are expensive and having multiple isn't a luxury most can afford. Saying that, buying a 10" auger if you fish panfish is a bit much. Like using your $70,000 bass boat to chase bluegills. If you are a hardcore tip up guy, fishing big fish water, you may be justified using that. You do see most panfish guys fishing 6" holes now with their drill rigs. People that cover up their holes though are scum of the earth.
Do your own research. The whole point of the thread is that we would all be safer if we used holes appropriate for the fish we were after. If you can’t understand the additional hazard that larger holes present right now, maybe you will some day. It may take you or somebody else you are with to get injured. When that happens, I hope you will learn from it. Mrt.
Cold Front, so that's a no then, right? I asked for evidence, not an experiment. We better stop taking kids fishing since they have little feet and could die from stepping in a hole.
It's been discussed many times, still legal to drill up to 10". Watch where you walk, I can't think of a time where I couldn't see where a hole was, or where a person has been previously. Like has been pointed out previously , if you have small feet you could suffer the same fate from a 6" hole. Life is inherently dangerous, we can't round off all the corners........
TL, Lets do a little experiment. Drill a ten inch hole in 2 feet of ice. Step in it and go down up to your upper thigh or at least to the point that your free leg is no longer upright. Try and get out. Not going to happen. Mrt.