Found a link to Ice Fishing Safety tips and thought I would share it with the members.
The above are some basic tips from the article and the whole article can be seen here....http://www.lake-link.com/icefishing/IceFishingSafety.cfm?General Tips
When the ice is questionable:
- Watch for weak spots. Weaker ice often looks different than strong ice.
- Carry a spud and test, test, test.
- Watch out for weedy areas. Weeds produce heat and the ice is weaker around them.
- Watch the bottom. If it moves, LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!
- Use your brain when evaluating the conditions and decisions. Never let a desire for fishing incite you to do something hazardous.
- Keep your eye on what direction the wind is from, the speed, the topography of the area, and the condition of any cracks you cross.
- Keep in mind that no number or size fish is worth your life.
- Learn when you make a mistake so you don't repeat them.
- Wear wool clothes a few layers out from your body. It retains it's insulating properties when wet and, after your body warms up the water soaked in between your body and the wool, the water will also insulate you from the cold.
- Watch the temperature. While it may not be warm enough to melt the ice, it may very well weaken it substantially because soft ice is much weaker than hard.
- Go only in waters you or somebody you’re fishing with know.
- Remember to go out only as far as you can make it back if you're wet.
- Exercise extreme care if you go in water over your head or in a current.