When should you stop ice fishing?
It may be hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner. The return of warmer temperatures means the best time for ice fishing is quickly drawing to a close. And just like there was a period of uncertainty about when to start, there can be an uncomfortable transition from when to stop ice fishing.
Ice fishing safety
Ice fishing safety is always an issue, even in the coldest of times and after how much ice is safe to fish for. However, once the warm-up begins, additional precautions should be taken as “old” ice is known to be weaker than “new” ice.
Ice fishing reports
Check out reports on ice fishing, especially on social media routes, which are constantly updated. Most of the content can cover not only the time of ice fishing but also the time of ice fishing. Anglers are happy to share information about the ice thickness and possible weak spots, including talking about the hot bait and the exact depth of the fish.
Bring everyone to safety
Also, remember that disregarding safety when ice fishing is more than just you. A recent social media post showed a picture of two people who had ventured onto a large ice shelf by the river. If the ice broke, the safety of first responders would also be at risk. And it seems that every ice fishing season ends with anglers being rescued from an ice river in Lake Erie.
Is Ice Fishing Safe?
It can certainly be, if all precautions are followed. 5 inches plus new, clear ice provide a stable platform for a unique fishing experience, often for large groups of anglers in huts and cabins. One of the first signs to stop ice fishing is the absence of other anglers on the ice. If there are other “red flags” for ice fishing besides “tips”, it’s just not worth it. Prepare for the casting again.
Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.