Ice fishing can be one of the more dangerous types of fishing, simply because it takes place on the frozen surfaces of a body of water. Many discussion of where ice fishing safety occurs each year among those who venture out on the ice. Here are a few suggestions to make sure your fishing on safe ice.
Most experienced angers agree that you need at least 6 inches of ice covering the water before you go out on it. If you live in the northern latitudes this may occur in October and stay until March. However, even in the northern latitudes there can be dangerous ice in early winter as well as early spring.
One of the ways to tell if the ice is thick enough is to look at the color. Good thick ice has a light color and thin ice has a dark color. If the ice is colored evenly and is lightly colored, white or clear, then it should be safe. If you look out on the ice and its dark or has light and dark areas, it may not be safe. This is when it is best to watch bass fishing on TV at the Bassmasters classic.
If there is moving water on top of the ice that is a sign it maybe to thin. Also if the ice is rough and full of ridges it may be too thin. You can also use binoculars to see if there are holes where other ice anglers have drilled.
Other areas you should try to stay away from are inlets and outlets. Moving water under the ice may keep the ice from getting thick. A good set of fishing maps will show you were the rivers flow through the lakes. You should also avoid dams, docks, and rocks that rise above the surface of the water. All of these items can change the temperature of the ice and heat it up on a sunny day.