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Old 10-28-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Ice strength table

As posted on the Mass F&W web site..
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:50 AM   #2
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Great info. Thanks for posting.

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Old 11-04-2011, 11:53 AM   #3
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Although you may come across different ice strength tables, the best guide to follow is your own instincts!
If the ice doesn't look safe, don't screw around!
I check the ice frequently when I hit a pond in early winter, even if I had fished that pond numerous times. I also do this when hitting a new body of water, as you really don't want any surprises when hauling gear across the ice!
Never guess about the ice. Check, recheck and recheck again!
Make sure you have the proper safety equipment available, meaning ice picks, throw rope and a change of clothes (in your vehicle).
Heck, even a small blanket can make a big difference.

For me, the best advice would be: Don't exceed your comfort level!
If the ice is unsafe, don't kid yourself, or try to convince yourself that it will be safe enough for you, as if the "ice fishing powers-that-be" will suspend the laws of physics just for you!

Stay safe, catch fish and hav fun!!!
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Old 11-05-2011, 06:17 AM   #4
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I fish a pond that is used to flood cranberry bogs.The conduit for the pump house extends about 50 ft. from the shore straight out.There could be 5 in. of safe ice but a 6 ft. round patch of very thin stuff above the end of the conduit.BE VERY CAREFUL. Thanks.

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Old 12-05-2011, 04:32 PM   #5
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Lots of help
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:18 PM   #6
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Of course these points are moot if we don't get some ice REAL SOON!!!
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:25 PM   #7
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I fish a pond that is used to flood cranberry bogs.The conduit for the pump house extends about 50 ft. from the shore straight out.There could be 5 in. of safe ice but a 6 ft. round patch of very thin stuff above the end of the conduit.BE VERY CAREFUL. Thanks.
Yes,,,ditto.....and more of the same! Lake up north we snowmobile can have over a foot everywhere but one spot known to have open water often.

Under water structure, underwater springs, currents, etc play a huge part in ice thickness. I know I sound motherly here but I also know how easy it is to see a truck on the ice in -20 below and feel safe only to see a spot on the other side of a lake that seems sketchy and slushy....

Simplify.......
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