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Ice Fishing – Safety Precautions

Ice Fishing – Safety Precautions

Ice fishing is exciting and enjoyable activity we highly recommend anyone looking for thrilling angling experience. The method is simple: a fishermen catches fish through a hole in the ice of a frozen water (pond, lake, river). However, it is one of the most dangerous fishing methods and therefore it is of high importance to follow safety precautions. Every year some inexperienced angler wanders onto the ice and starts drilling a hole. If the ice shifts and you fall into the water, it becomes extremely difficult to pull yourself out. Especially if you are alone! So, what are safety tips we would like to share with you when it comes to ice fishing! Continue reading to find out!

  • Don’t go ice fishing alone. Ever!Ice Fishing
  • A personal floatation device should be worn.
  • Ice spud or chisel will help you check ice. This is important, since ice varies condition and thickness. Recommended depth for walking on frozen water is 4”.
  • Be very careful when crossing ice near points of lands, islands, bridges, river mouths, islands and over springs and reefs. Because of the current, ice over these areas might be thinner.
  • It the ice has melted away from the coastline, avoid going onto it, since that can indicate melting is underway, so ice might shift position with the change of the wind direction.
  • Large areas of ice can be quickly broken up by waves from open water. So, in case you see open water in pond or lake and the wind picks up, it’s recommended to get off.
  • In case you, however, go through ice, make sure you have a set of hand spikes by your side. This set can be purchased at stores that sell angling supplies and equipment.
  • Always carry a safety line ready to be thrown in case your fellow angler goes through ice.
  • Always leave your vehicle on shore! If a car or truck go through the ice, people will also drown as a result. Unfortunately, this happens more often than you could guess!
  • Bring a charged mobile phone (or similar gadget) and inform someone where you are ice fishing  and when to expect you back.

Ice fishing has changed significantly over the past three decades. Nowadays, you don’t have to drill for days and to pray for a fish to come. However, safety should be the number one priority when it comes to ice fishing. It’s the only way to enjoy this outdoor activity to the fullest!