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Depends on ice quality. Can get away with 2.5" of new hard clear black ice in January, while 8-12 of rotten soft ice in March is no go. 

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1 hour ago, Dropthatbassbass said:

In general, what is considered to be thick enough Ice to fish? I may try to get into Ice fishing for the first time this year. 

I was walking around on 3” of black ice yesterday, but could hear and see small cracks form under me when I stomped on the ice.  It was super shallow so I wasn’t  too concerned, but we didn’t end up skating as planned.  I hope any rain we get doesn’t eff up the ice too bad.

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4 hours ago, Dropthatbassbass said:

In general, what is considered to be thick enough Ice to fish? I may try to get into Ice fishing for the first time this year. 

I'll fish on 3" of good clear black ice.   But I won't bring my kids with me and I won't stand too close to other people.

 

I like 4" to 5" or more, and I  measure my way out on the ice.  

 

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Seems like a lot of SNE reports describing conditions as borderline ATM. Hopefully the arctic blast Monday puts these waters into the comfortably fishable range.

 

Then a brief moderation..

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Before we get this.

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You don't even have to know weather to figure out that looks cold.

 

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Well yesterday started great. Venus was bright in the predawn sky and trout were on a mad feed. 

Flags went up in the dark even as we set up.

We ran like maniacs chasing trout flags. A bit rusty, we dropped a bunch. Still managed some decent browns and real nice fat rainbows. My son kept a good supper for his family and the rest went back.

 

Then the hammer fell.

We got kicked off a pond I have icefished for 35 years.

Apparently we walked right by the new sign in the dark.

No ice fishing. Apparently a liability issue.

 

I'm devestated. 

Any suggestions on how to fight it?

 

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If that’s a great pond, stocked by the state, and has public access, then whoever set that statute could be overstepping their bounds.  Public water supply could change things though.  

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5 mins ago, sull155 said:

If that’s a great pond, stocked by the state, and has public access, then whoever set that statute could be overstepping their bounds.  Public water supply could change things though.  

It is stocked but they are not blocking access, just ice activity. 

 

A woman drowned there in 2015 while cross country skiing. My guess is there was a law suit.

 

 

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I was so hoping to be out fishing today.

Checked my preferred pond on saturday and edges were too sketchy to take my dog out with me to check... 

 

I can't imagine yesterdays weather made anything  "better"

 

Falling through the ice on a 5 degree day just seemed like a dumb idea for today so I "chickened out"

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Some municipalities allow activities to proceed if organized and sponsored by a non-profit.  I believe this shifts the liability to the non-profit in such a way as making innocuous activities acceptable.  

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