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Postby brianmiles » Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:33 pm

does anyone know where to see how thick the ice is currently on the lakes here in madison?
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Postby doppel » Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:22 pm

It's a rock hard 12 inches. Why do you ask?
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Postby massimo » Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:29 pm

doppel wrote:It's a rock hard 12 inches.

Let's try to keep this on topic, please.
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Postby brianmiles » Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:14 am

doppel wrote:It's a rock hard 12 inches. Why do you ask?


i'm just curious. this is my first winter in wisconsin (i am originally from indiana). we don't go out on frozen lakes much in indiana. just afraid for my life i suppose.
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Postby habari » Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:56 am

please don't end up being the guy that washes up from under they ice in the spring
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Postby brianmiles » Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:54 am

habari wrote:please don't end up being the guy that washes up from under they ice in the spring


thats why i'm asking..... thanks
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Postby Paco » Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:03 am

I suppose you could drill a hole and measure it.
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Postby Scotty » Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:27 am

Call D & S Bait and Tackle - 241-4225
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Postby Burn » Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:32 am

Trust at your own risk. Take along a manual ice auger and practice using it, by making a test hole every so often. Have Ice Awls with you. They probably won't help you get out, but if you're incredibly lucky they will aid you in staying afloat in one spot long enough for rescue. Or recovery. But seriously- get out there and enjoy it. Safely.

http://www.lake-link.com/fishreports/vi ... ad_ID=4406
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Postby supaunknown » Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:50 am

If you've never walked out on a big frozen lake you owe it to yourself to do so. The loud ice cracking sounds are haunting. I think the best time to do it is when the sun's out supplying the ice surface with a little heat. When it's as cold as it's been lately you have very little to worry about.
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Postby doppel » Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:50 pm

The ice is twelve inches thick. General rules of thumb for ice safety: one inch will support one person, two inches 2 people, 4 inches for groups. Ice can be soft around expansion cracks and where there is moving water below the ice(near where streams enter and exit). Later in the year, avoid of patches ice that appear dark as they are melting quicker and are weaker. ALWAYS carry a nail or ice pick or something that you can get at easily; to stab at the surface of the ice to keep yourself afloat or to try and pull yourself out if you go through. Supaunknown is right, go for a walk and enjoy.
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Postby supaunknown » Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:02 pm

I used to live on Monona Bay when I was growing up. In the winter I often walked home from Franklin elementary school on the ice surface. One day late in the season I fell through. It was straight out of a cartoon - the ice cracked a circle around me and I went in. It was scary for about half a second until I hit bottom and realized I was standing in only 2+ feet of water. I climbed out and quickly walked the rest of the way home.
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Postby chance » Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:21 pm

Sven and Ole are out fishing. Ole leans over to net a fish, and falls in; he sinks like a stone. Sven dives in, swims down, grabs around in the dim light, finds an arm, and pulls him back up into the boat. He starts giving him CPR. “Phew, Ole! Dat’s some bad coffee breath ya got on ya!â€Â
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Re: ice thickness

Postby dustintegrate » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:45 pm

Here is a website that has an ice thickness chart of current average thickness and a guide that forecasts ice fishing conditions. Keep in mind this Average thickness and updated by fishermen reports so it will vary by area. I am not an ice fishermen and don't go out unless the average is 12 inches. I stay clear of danger areas like any where there is open water like where the lake meets the Yahara River. Also, MG&E puts out warm water into Lake Monona which is I believe why areas near thin ice are blocked off.
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Lake Mendota http://www.lake-link.com/fishreports/viewposts.cfm?Thread_ID=4406

Lake Monona http://www.lake-link.com/fishreports/viewposts.cfm?Thread_ID=3112

All Wisconsin Lakes http://www.lake-link.com/fishreports/

Here is a general guide to judging safe ice conditions.
http://www.nodakoutdoors.com/ice_fishing_safety.php

Calculating ice thickness(for the math/science oriented) http://www.sciencebits.com/StandingOnIce
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Re: ice thickness

Postby dustintegrate » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:47 pm

Ha! I just made a lengthy responsed to a 2 year old thread!
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