Fellow member Bigcox and i had an itch to ice fish. We headed out to the big lake area to test some lakes, first lake was Marion lake, it was full of snow i took a couple steps out onto the ice then to test the ice used a big metal rod which punched right thru, ice was barely formed and soft so we left that lake then headed to our second lake (Diamond), took a few steps out on to the lake and preceeded to test the ice, we made it about 40yrds and started drilling the ice thickness was 4 inches of solid clear ice, we fished it for about an hour with no strikes, Our third and final lake, we'll just call it "unamed lake", we preceeded to test the lake with our make shift spud, for fear of pushing our luck to far we stopped about 25yrds from shore popped a couple holes and started fishing. we managed 2 nice bows and a couple scares as the ice moaned below us, within the 2 hours of fishing the ice had sank 3in, Bigcox decided to see exactly how thick it was, the ice was a whopping 2in thick. If you decide to go take a buddy and a rope and be sure to test the ice before you venture out to far, Its just a matter of time until all the lakes are ready for fishing just dont want anyone becoming a statistic. be safe out there.
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