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Old 12-09-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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If the pond out back freezes clear and cold it's fun to walk around on it and see the bass react under the ice. They are curious but if you move quickly they dart off in all directions. If you lay there and don't move alot they will swim right under you.
....and if you lay there long enough and freeze to the ice, will the bass rescue you?
B.A.S.S= Bass Associated Safety Service
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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....and if you lay there long enough and freeze to the ice, will the bass rescue you?
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Since we've lived here all of our lives we have brains enough to take a hatchet with us when venturing out on the ice!! If you hit water in one chop forget it, two chops and you need to test again in 10-15 feet, three chops you're good!
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:26 AM
 
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Since we've lived here all of our lives we have brains enough to take a hatchet with us when venturing out on the ice!! If you hit water in one chop forget it, two chops and you need to test again in 10-15 feet, three chops you're good!
That's right, I was just kidding.
Good point. We use the 2" of ice minimum to go out on any waterway.
I always carry a chisel with me.
2" is safe for a person but one must be wary of moving water that will erode the ice from underneath.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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We've always carried an auger and will do a 'walk on' first. Again, our theory has always been 'walk on 3" - drive on 6" '

We've always fished or sledded on the same pieces of water all over the state and *knock wood* have never fallen through but STILL always crack a window before driving on a frozen lake. We're very aware of the places where there is running water and/or open springs on each lake we fish or ride on. If you aren't aware of these places, you shouldn't be out there to begin with, check with the locals to find out where such places should be expected to be found.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:40 AM
 
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That's right, I was just kidding.
Good point. We use the 2" of ice minimum to go out on any waterway.
I always carry a chisel with me.
2" is safe for a person but one must be wary of moving water that will erode the ice from underneath.
I knew you were kidding but we have to remember there are people who just moved here who won't know when the ice is actually safe to walk on.
Good point on the moving water. Spring holes are a problem as well.
Here's the Army Corps of Engineers ice thickness chart.
Ice Thickness and Strength for Various Loads

There are other sites that say 4 inches is minimum for a person. I think that's a good rule of thumb for safety. You'd have to work a little with the hatchet to get through 4 inches. We usually wait until there is 8 inches to put our smelt shack out. I have driven on 6 inches of clear ice with a pick up truck. It's scary and I don't recommend it but It was cold slush free solid ice so we knew it was good...we survived. I prefer at least a foot to 15 inches to drive on safely.
A pair of ice picks is a good idea to carry too if you're out on the ice early in the season. Take two one inch diameter dowels four inches long and drill a small hole in one end to accept a screw. Leave about a half inch of the screw exposed and grind the head off it making a slight point. Put a couple of screw eyes in the other ends and tie the picks together with about a foot of strong cord or leather boot lace. If you fall in the picks will float . You can grab one in each hand and use them to pull yourself back up onto the solid ice. Then get to someplace warm in a hurry!!!
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