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Ice Fishing Safety First
IF YOU'RE GOING ICE FISHING DON'T TAKE ANY CHANCES
By Joe Ognibene. Mr Ognibene has been covering the Outdoor Scene in his weekly column for 46 years This article was reprinted from one of his recent winter articles. Posted 1/16/2003
During a normal winter, most outdoor columns would be filled with information on the best ice fishing locations and how to take limits of perch and other fish. Not this year. There is very little, if any, safe ice to be found around Western New,, York. If it's ice fishing you want, then northern Canada is the place for you.
Many wintertime fishermen head for Lake Simcoe for perch and a few white fish, but call ahead. So far this year Simcoe has been iffy at best. Considering how the weather has been, going from cold to warm with snow changing to rain a common occurrence, ice conditions change rapidly. If you feel you just have to get out on the ice, there are a few things you want to do to assure you're going to come off the ice safely.
Don't venture out on the ice if no one else has gone before you. Lots of footprints in fresh fallen snow on an ice covered lake or pond usually means it's safe to walk Don't you be the first to test the ice to see if it will hold you. Remember, the ice testers are found in the Spring.
If you plan on using a snowmobile to get out to a favorite spot, be absolutely sure the ice is thick enough to support the machine. In Minnesota so far this year, nine snowmobilers have lost their lives because they crashed through what they thought was safe ice. in New York, Lake Oneida leads the list of lakes snowmobiles crashing through with resulting loss of life. Some of the smaller inland lakes -Cayuga, Otisco, Little York and a few others might be safe to fish on, but check first. You can find charts that list safe ice thickness and they are generally right, but don't bet your life on them.
A simple but very effective device that can be made at home could save your life if you happen to break through the ice. I've mentioned it before in columns throughout the years, but it's worth mentioning again. Cut off about six inches from an old broom handle and pound a large nail in one end. Grind the nail to a point. Drill a hole on the other end of the handle to accept a cord that is long enough to run from the end of the handle up your arm, across your shoulders and down the other arm. Thread this through your jacket sleeves and let the ends dangle. If you break through, these devices will let you dig into the ice and pull yourself out. Otherwise, you will not be able to haul yourself out with just your hands on slippery ice. [see diagram below]
There are all kinds of advice given to assure safety on the ice, but the primary rule is to use common sense and let someone else take the chances.
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