Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
blackdog1101

Well, I walked off the ice today

Recommended Posts

I went out to fish a small western metro lake today, and the ice just seemed weird to me. I'm sure it was all in my head, I'm sure the ice was safe, but I just couldn't get past how it looked. I was out for about 30 minutes, and there were areas where the ice was normal frozen snow on top and nice ice below. About 12" thick. But then there were areas where there would be a crack running through the ice, and the exact other side of the crack was black ice. This side of the crack was white, the other side was black, all within an inch of each other. Lots of cracks, lots of white and black. It made me feel afraid to step across the cracks, and I just couldn't get it into my head that it was all good ice.

I fish early season with 4" of ice, and I fish late season with waders where you have to wade out to the ice, I've fished when we've had to lay planks to get out to the ice. If there were other people out there I probably wouldn't have chickened out, but there was no one else out on the lake. This is the first time where my head said it was safe but my belly said "NO." So I walked back off.

Went to another lake with other people out, and fished there instead.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I stopped ice fishing after warm rains like this when I went to a set of holes I had fished the day before and there was a 6 foot diameter hole instead. And to make matters worse the ice around it was completely black so that hole was nearly invisible. The only thing that kept me from walking into it was a small crack i noticed that mysteriously ended and began again on the other side of the hole. Someone out at night wouldn't have had a chance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

But then there were areas where there would be a crack running through the ice, and the exact other side of the crack was black ice. This side of the crack was white, the other side was black, all within an inch of each other. Lots of cracks, lots of white and black. It made me feel afraid to step across the cracks, and I just couldn't get it into my head that it was all good ice.

Huh. That's weird. I think I would have turned around too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:
But then there were areas where there would be a crack running through the ice, and the exact other side of the crack was black ice. This side of the crack was white, the other side was black, all within an inch of each other. Lots of cracks, lots of white and black. It made me feel afraid to step across the cracks, and I just couldn't get it into my head that it was all good ice.

My theory of what you saw.

The white ice is where it froze when there was snow falling. Kind of like slush freezing. Then that broke up into the white chunks that you saw. The open water in between the chunks of white ice then froze with out snow falling making black ice. Black ice is much stronger then white ice so when the ice expands and contracts with the tempature changes it contracted during a cold spell and cracked just inside the white/weaker ice. The ice sheet on URL will move about 12 feet when the temps go from -20 to +20.

When I saw the Topic that you walked off I feared that you sank a vehicle and walked off. I'm happy you are safe and sound. AND DRY! laugh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Two years ago I fished Mille lacs in the rain the week after Christmas and had to drive off the lake with around 3-4 inches of standing water and you could see through the ice. driving off i had to drive through deep puddles that looked like busted up ice, but they weren't . Major pucker.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

good decision i remember when i was fishing on a lake and it rained i had good ice before that ,and i went out the next day and had 4 inches of ice where i was,so i turned around and left,better to be safe then sorry.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember some years ago having to pull permanents off the ice with pickups----we were pushing ice and water that was up to the bumpers. We had to tie the houses down to the trailers to make it up the access. I threw a rope over the top of a house but never made it over. I asked a fellow to give me a boost up to the top of the house to get the rope the rest of the way over the house.-----He gave me a boost and I flew over the house and hit the ice and broke my arm. It was an experience that I won't forget. The wife told my son to "watch out for your dad"----He said "I did mom, I watched him go over the house" He had to drive me to the hospital------------What a day that was!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Yes the trout was biting also, we both brought home 5      
    • After hunting Archery only for the last 10 years their is nothing I would change. It is darn frustrating but that is what makes it so fun. 
    • Hope your trout fishing was as good as your turkey hunting. Beautiful morning, beautiful bird. Congrats.
    • I wouldn't count on open water for the opener just yet. As of Friday, there was  a good 24" of solid ice yet to melt.
    •   Took a page out of sniper’s book! Had I known what would go down after I woulda let this guy walk though... I’ll get a story up later. 21.6 pounds, 9 inch beard, 3/4 inch spurs.
    •   That was quick!
    •   Ha, that's easy. Move to Florida!
    • It would be interesting to know what that bill will be if you don’t mind sharing.   I bought a used Ice Cabin several years ago and had the same issue.  The previous owner didn’t do the grease maintenance according to specs.  Once those things get behind it’s tough to correct.   I went through the whole heat it up/wiggle/pound/swear the things off both sides then did what your welding shop did.  Worked real nice after that.  Took a couple half days to complete though and thankfully I have the tools to do it.  I can’t tell you how long it will last though since I sold it not long after fixing it.     I did stress the importance of keeping up that grease to the new owner!   Glad you got yours taken care of.
    • I just run to my dealer and buy the Suzuki stuff. It's a little more pricey but I don't sweat the extra $5-$10 per year. It cost me $50 for 4L of oil and the filter. I did the lower unit in the fall so I don't remember the gear oil cost.   Mine is a 2009 DF90, so pretty similar. Make sure that when you grease all of the zerks to look in your manual. There is one that you won't see until you tilt your motor all the way up. There is also one below the shift linkage that you can't reach unless you take off the lower skirts on both sides. There's about 10-12 screws holding the skirt on both sides.   Also, be VERY careful when putting the skirt back on. I just did mine again last night and accidentally pinched an air hose near the bottom of the skirts. It cut the hose in half when I put the last screw in place!
    • picking up the house tonight from a welding shop in town, guy said they get new houses that axles seize up on, sounded like they heated it up, broke it free, sand it down, grease it, add groves and it should be set. kind of scared to see how much they're going to charge me...