Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If you want access to members only forums on HSO, you will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member. 😀

  • 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  
Fishook

Safe Ice Fishing

Recommended Posts

When is it normally safe to hit the ice in the Park Rapids area of MN? I know what the safe ice thickness should be but I am more interested in the "general" calendar timeframes. I appreciate any help. Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Disclaimer - no one should consider an answer to this question as a safe answer smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There really isn't a safe time to be on the ice. You never know when it's going to crack wide open, even if it's 2 feet thick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you don't want to take any chances on your own, wait until you see others out on the ice, then you should be pretty safe...unless you are very unlucky!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the responses. It probably is not a bad idea to remind everyone about common sense ice safety (or open water safety for that matter). I am trying to plan some vacation time doing some ice fishing in the PR area this year and I now have a better idea of when that might be.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rick,
Yes...I agree, there is no safe answer to this question. I have a couple of articles on my site about ice safety and ice thickness, and how ice forms. I'm not sure what links are allowed and what is not. If if linking to my site is not allowed, just let me know and I won't do it again.

Here is the link. Please feel free to delete if it is not appropriate. Ice Safety Stuff

[This message has been edited by Bob_D (edited 09-16-2004).]

[This message has been edited by Bob_D (edited 09-16-2004).]

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Generalizations are tough to make. Depends on the year. A few years ago, when I lived in South Dakota, I was ice fishing on Thanksgiving one year, and out in the boat on a beautiful Thanksgiving day the next.

Also, the lake makes a difference too...is there a current in the lake? Spring fed? Deep or shallow? Those things all make a difference, as one lake can be "safe" for ice fishing while another lake just down the road has open water.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You all need to try "The squeek cheek shuffle".When ice is around 2" I'll take my belly boat and climb into a pair of chest waders,then I hook suspenders to my belly boat,climb in,pull it up & fasten the suspenders.A life jacket never hurts,but the boat has saved me plenty of times to feel comfortable.ALWAYS HAVE ICE PICKS ! YOU WILL FALL IN AT ONE POINT OR ANTHER.

------------------
Greg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Rick. Let's see if you still think that in a couple of months. icon12.gif The ice will be here before we know it. I still have a couple of small mods to do to my shanty and sled, so I can use a little time.

As crappiebait said, icepicks are a must. The cheapest insurance you can buy. I also carry safety rope with a large loop and a small boat fender on my sled. The loop makes it easier to get over your body (the person in the water) and the fender makes it easier to throw longer distance and make it float. A good plan with the person you are fishing with helps too. Go through the "what ifs" before hand.

Here is my safety rope... Safety%20rope.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • friend good luck to you and your wife!!!!   I do know where you are at....  my prayers to ya............
    • Anyone been out this past week? My bird hunting has been cut short this year so I am depending on others to keep me up to date. My wife has Breast Cancer and is starting radiation treatments soon, lasting a good part of October. I may be able to do some deer hunting depending how she is feeling. She has had surgery and the outlook is great and she feels great so that's the main thing. Good luck to all you hunters.
    • dont everyone post at once!!!!!!🤣😂 hummers bailed from itasca county, got a couple still around cold spring, seen them yesterday. but i havent seen any robins in a while. anyone else???????????????????????????????????
    • My routing was keep all the drive train zerks greased every few outings, change oil & filter yearly and front and rear diff by-yearly unless I did a lot of swamp running.  There are a bunch of helpful videos on the Tube. 
    • I was out today putting up a deer stand and came across a lobster mushroom. I don't think I have seen any this late before. I will be enjoying the little gem tonight.
    • thanks for the write-up - and great pics!  hopefully these stories will keep me interested until i have my own west hunt.   good luck to all
    • Always enjoy the "out west" write ups!!!  I really appreciate you taking the time to share your journey!! 
    • Well I wasn’t going to do any fluid changes untill next fall but it’s been a little more than a year and I just clicked 1k miles. About 30-40 hours since last oil change. I think I’m just going to do it. So last time I just took it to a dealer but it’s expensive, the machine is gone for at least a week and it’s a hassle to deal with dropping off and picking up. So I think I’m going to try it myself. I’ve changed oil on things many times before so this isn’t anything new. I’m going to get ahold of my dealer and see what I need and have them walk me through the steps. I want to change the oil, the front and rear gear case oil and I’d like to do the transmission fluid also. I also just saw Polaris has a deal now through the 1st of oct for $10 off an oil change kit. So I think I just need an oil change kit and a quart of gearcase oil? I also have a new spark plug I’ll through in and go through the machine like I always do every few months. I know @leech~~ had a magnum what did you always do for maintence? 
    • enjoyed the story but this view is incredible  your lucky you get to hunt there
×