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    My friend Akhardwater sent me this video from Lake Louise over the weekend. The title is self-exclamatory. I'll let him explain the details.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyj9...ature=youtu.be

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    Could it be methane?
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Could it be methane?
    That's what I thought too, but Akhardwater seems to think that it wasn't. Apparently they tried to light it and it wasn't flammable and it had no odor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
    Apparently they tried to light it and it wasn't flammable and it had no odor.
    Must be a female fish fart!
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    Donít know about there but Interior had a lot of rain the in the fall. Rivers were high into freeze up. Did the lake drop after freezeup and hence air pockets.? My guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patsfan54 View Post
    Must be a female fish fart!
    lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Putzpilot View Post
    Donít know about there but Interior had a lot of rain the in the fall. Rivers were high into freeze up. Did the lake drop after freezeup and hence air pockets.? My guess
    Maybe. That could be a possibility. I've seen that happen on rivers but never lake before. It would seem like the ice would just sink though. Maybe AKhardwater will come on here and give an explanation.

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    So from what we could tell my buddy drilled into a giant air pocket on the bottom of the ice. I first thought it was air trapped in the ice but if you watch when I put the scoop in the hole the bubbles stop. I tried to light it and there was no smell so we ruled out methane as the cause. We were in 26ft of water with a rocky bottom and 12 inches of ice, we donít normally find methane over super rocky bottom so thatís the other reason I donít think it was methane. After a little while the bubbles slowed down but if you walked around the hole it would burp a little more rapidly. We sat there for about an hour and a half and it burped pretty much the whole time. I believe the earthquake had something to do with this phenomenon as Iíve never seen anything to this extent, either way it was pretty darn cool. Now that I think of it female fish farts would make sense considering all the 20lbers Iíve caught out of that spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patsfan54 View Post
    Must be a female fish fart!
    Hey I find that an offensive and a sexist remark. Don't you know that females don't burp and fart? That's why they have to nag, otherwise they would explode.

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    Just so you guys know, methane itself is an odorless gas, just usually comes with other sulfur gasses giving it the smell, and in some places (especially where theres a lot of gas coming up) the percentage of methane can be so low that it won't light with an open flame. That being said, yeah, i don't think this looks like methane either. Air pocket is my best guess.

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    sometimes if theres a weird pocket under the ice, even the augering can push a lot of air up under there that can bubble out like this. i run into that a lot when using chainsaw to get through the ice; that really puts a lot of air under water

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