Ice fishing is becoming more popular every year world wide. Whether you enjoy the fact that you can reach your favorite fishing spot without a boat, set up over areas of structure that offer the best fishing or you simply enjoy the fun of being with friends and family, one thing that everyone should take very seriously is ice fishing safety. check fishing rope The following are some ice fishing safety tips that will keep your friends and family safe during the ice fishing season.
First, always check as to how thick the ice is. If someone else is already fishing ask them how thick the ice is where they are fishing at, just because someone else is fishing does not mean the ice is of a safe thickness. I’ve seen people fishing on 2 inches of ice before. You should never fish on less than 3 inches of ice. If no other fishermen are present drill a hole with your ice drilling equipment several feet from shore.
You can either tie a rope to a solid object or have someone hold a rope while you are checking the ice thickness, don’t wait until you’re at the middle of the lake to check on the thickness of the ice. This is especially true of night fishing when it’s difficult to see.
Be wary of snow on the ice as this can affect the ice structure. Honey combing can take place weakening the ice even if it is several inches or feet thick.
Be cautious of early winter ice or late winter ice if temperatures become unseasonably warm. There are stories every year of ice fishermen becoming stranded on ice flows that are surrounded by water. Just because the ice extends to the shoreline in the morning or at night when temperatures are freezing doesn’t mean that the ice won’t melt along the shore by midday.
Don’t take unnecessary risks where there is open water or where there are springs, many springs are warmer than the rest of the lake, warm springs can cause porous honey combed ice leaving a thin shell of ice over the affected area. Also building a fire on the ice can be dangerous as well, if you would like a fire to warm yourself build the fire on the shoreline. Also avoid ares where creeks or streams enter and leave the lake.
Don’t drive vehicles out on to the lake. Every year vehicles including snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles fall through the ice, most of the time people are lucky, unfortunately some are not so lucky. There are deaths every year from vehicles going through the ice. If you feel you have to drive out on to the lake be prepared for an emergency situation, roll your windows down and be prepared to get out of the vehicle immediately if you go through the ice, don’t try to back the vehicle out if the lake! What’s more important: your life and the lives of your family and friends or a vehicle?
If you fall into open water or the ice breaks stay calm and try to swim out. Swimming helps your body rise up out of the water somewhat, hopefully allowing you to get onto firm ice. Once on the ice kick with your feet and use ice claws to pull yourself out of the water or your fishing partner can throw you a rope (you did bring ice claws and rope, right)?