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  • Hoyt08
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    I was out on 2.5 iches today but it didn’t feel so good. What is safe? Is there a chart?

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    4″ of CLEAR ice is my minimum, and I don’t let anybody stand next to me. I weigh 220# without gear. 5″ I have no problems.

    6″ for a 4-wheeler

    12″ to drive on

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    The DNR talks ice safety every year and I bet they have it posted on their sight. 2.5 ” is probably okay for some but I will wait a few more days

    PCI
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    Quote by: Hoyt08

    I was out on 2.5 iches today but it didn’t feel so good. What is safe? Is there a chart?

    If it didn’t feel so good then maybe stay off !!
    If water is coming up your hole after sitting awhile then be carefull !!
    I like to see a good 3 inches of clear ice,,but am still carefull..
    Carry some spikes or screwdrivers just in case to help you get out,, maybe a whistle also..
    it’s always good to have a buddy near by…

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    I’ll fish 2.5, but am wary, anything over that is perfectly safe for foot traffic in my book. Just remember that depending upon general condition of the ice and weather, no ice is guaranteed to be safe, no matter how thick.

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    Live to fish another day.

    sledman
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    use a spud bar

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    Spud bar, check often. Flotation device, rope, and buddy to pull u out.

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    In December and March you will always see a life jacket in my sled.

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    For me three inches of clear ice minimun, honeycomb ice four inches but i do not make my way into deeper water

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    Here’s my own personal rule, not necessarily what the minimum safe thickness is. I just want to know darn sure that my life, my gear and my friends arent going in the drink.

    Pulling my gear out:

    5″ for ponds and smaller lakes
    6-7″ for big lakes (especially Brushy or lakes with springs/current)

    Driving a snowmobile or quad

    8″

    Truck or vehicle

    15″+ (this one I never push the limit on)

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    2.5 – 3″ of clear ice and I’ll go out with minimal gear

    4 – 5″ and I’ll walk out with the whole sled loaded up

    12+” and I’ll drive out

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    Quote by: Heinrix_54

    2.5 – 3″ of clear ice and I’ll go out with minimal gear

    4 – 5″ and I’ll walk out with the whole sled loaded up

    12+” and I’ll drive out

    Have you been out yet?

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    Quote by: Heinrix_54

    2.5 – 3″ of clear ice and I’ll go out with minimal gear

    4 – 5″ and I’ll walk out with the whole sled loaded up

    12+” and I’ll drive out

    This is about right for me granted im a fairly light guy (165lbs) While i was testing first ice this year i had been out on 2″ with very minimal gear and always had my ice picks and spud bar on me at ALL times. i stepped on a spot the geese had sat on the night before and heard the ice crack, looked down to see water seeping up. Needless to say i droped to my hands and knees and got back to safe ice. checked the spot i had stood on and it was 3/4″ generously… 😯

    moral of story: Pay very close attention while out early season especially if you are the first (or one of) on the ice. Guys die every year because of bad decisions or just not paying close enough attention while out on the ice. And alway be prepared with the right gear (safety pics, spud bar etc) incase your luck just plain runs out, that way you will atleast have a chance to survive.

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    Quote by: medicdano

    Quote by: Heinrix_54

    2.5 – 3″ of clear ice and I’ll go out with minimal gear

    4 – 5″ and I’ll walk out with the whole sled loaded up

    12+” and I’ll drive out

    Have you been out yet?

    Unfortunately work and basketball practice has been getting in the way, so no. I heard tell of guys fishing Thompson this week, so I might head out here in a bit to check it out.

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    I personally wait a little longer. I’m not deer hunting until January 10…then I wait a week or so before I venture out. When there’s a good bit of guys out…then its probably safe for me. I’d say 4-6″ and I feel comfortable.

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    ive fish 2 inches before i wouldnt recoomend anything less than 4. and 5 or so for a shack

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    All ice is unsafe!!! You fall through, slip or fall, or crash your truck. I took a head on semi side swipping me while in my plow truck while out treating an icy highway. The only ice that is safe for me is in my drink ❗ Think Spring ❗ 😀

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    Quote by: Hdnpowrz

    All ice is unsafe!!! You fall through, slip or fall, or crash your truck. I took a head on semi side swipping me while in my plow truck while out treating an icy highway. The only ice that is safe for me is in my drink ❗ Think Spring ❗ 😀

    X 2 and any gov’t agency or personnel that ever tells you your safe on ice, is in my opinion, opening them up to a lawsuit if someone was so inclined, especially in todays society. I will never tell anyone that the ice is safe, only give them a general report of what the ice firsherman have told me.

    I’ve had numerous people continue to ask me if the ice is safe to go out on and after the 4th or 5th time of stating the thickness only, most of the time they get the point.

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