Post By: The Fishing Junky Posted: 11/18/2020 1:06:59 PMPoints: 17
So a buddy and I set out on Sunday originally to hit up the brown trout bite at Antero in open water. Later on in the day we were gonna head to st. Maryís for first ice. We ended up finding fishable ice at Antero and just stayed there for the day. Hereís a video of how that trip went! I promise youíll enjoy the video!! 👇👇👇👇 [log in for link]
Actually 2.5 inches of solid clear ice would be stronger than 4 inches of broken ice on a half frozen lake. Everything for weight ratings for ice is based off a 30 radius around the weight of the object. 3" of solid ice can hold a 200ish lbs person as long as it is equal within that 30 foot radius. When you are talking about moving water and half broken ice you can get a wave that shifts the whole ice and brake it instantly. Much like what happened to goose and I were 5 inches of solid ice can and will still flex and make a 2 foot ice wave. If it were broken and refrozen ice that would shatter and everyone would fall through.
Thank you for the educational response, we all appreciate it. I have been part of a wave under the ice once at Granby, my gosh is it the freakiest sound I've ever heard in my life made me run and jump instantly. I was with the original FishingJunkie when it happened.
I bet not many people have experienced wave under the ice until they've ice fished for a while.
Reply by: not too old to fish Posted: Nov. 20, 10:12:29 AM Points: 5238
Any kind of movement on the ice will get your attention, I experienced an ice quake at Chatfield last year, the whole north boat ramp bay moved in a vertical direction and returned to the original position. That will pucker your behind in a millisecond, fortunately there were no after shocks and we got a little laugh out of it. I have been ice fishing for over 50 years and never had that happen to me and I hope it never happens again.
Me and a friend were fishing near goose island at the mile. We were close to 3 pressure ridges that converged together. All of a sudden it was like someone fired a shotgun blast near my head! Where there was a big crack one slab of ice started to sink with water welling up. I started running toward the island! Then I said wait a minute Iím on 12Ē of ice I should be okay. My friend was frozen 🥶 like a deer in headlights! When I knew I was safe thatís when I started shaking uncontrollably. One of the most scared episodes of my life! Iíve fished on 2Ē of ice at Antero clear black ice and had great success. You just have to be careful. Clear black ice is the best. Itís the white milky ice you have to be careful of. When youíre on that thin of ice travel light and keep your distance! Be safe!
Reply by: The Fishing Junky Posted: Nov. 21, 7:45:41 AM Points: 17
Last year the caraziest thing happened to me at willow creek. We were walking off the ice which was at the very least 14 inches, but I literally went through right next to the bank. Luckily it was shallow enough I didnít go all the way through, but thatís just a reminder to me that Ice is never safe no matter how thick it is!! I always have rope in my backpack or the sled!!!