Safety Tips For The Early Ice
Published: January 3rd, 2013
By: Josh Sheldon

Safety tips for the early ice

In the past few years ice fishing has become one of my favorite outdoor sports. Immediately following the last day of deer season, I begin to pull out and organize all of my ice fishing gear. Most years, the ice is safe by the second to third week of December, but how do you determine whether the ice is safe or not?

Ice two inches thick or less is unsafe to be on and shouldn’t be walked on under any circumstance. To test the ice, you must first understand the different types. Ice tends to be layered and can be broken down into three categories. Hard or black ice is formed first, and consists of nothing more than frozen lake water. This is the strongest form of ice and can be skated or fished on safely when it reaches four inches.


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