• Ice Fishing 2015

    Finally we are beginning to see some iced up lakes and rivers in Southern Ontario, so far this season has been good for Steelheading in the rivers but not so good for any ice fishing.

    Before you go please remember some very important rules and guidelines for the ice.

    Ice Thickness

    Just because there is ice on the water doesn't mean it is safe to walk on or to venture out with a machine or vehicle. The best advise is always walk with a spud, check ice thickness frequently and learn to read the ice.

    Less than 4 inches – Don’t go. There is no reason to test the newly formed ice at this time. If you still proceed out, wear a life jacket or survival suit, carry ice picks in case you fall through and need to get out, and use a spud to check the ice in front of you.

    4 to 6 Inches – Ice fishing, foot travel ice should be safe, presuming the ice is clear and clean. If it has snowed or there have been some recent warm spells be very cautious as snow will insulate the ice and cause it to melt or weaken.

    6 to 10 Inches – Snowmobiles & ATV’s should be able to travel safely on good ice but be cautious and observant for weak ice spots. Vehicles on the ice is not an option yet.

    10 to 16 Inches – Small cars and pick-ups could begin to venture on to the ice. But the authorities will say it is best to avoid driving on the ice whenever possible. If you do, keep your windows rolled down, survival suit on and make sure someone knows your route plan.

    16 Plus Inches – A medium-sized car or mid-size pickup can drive on good clear solid ice. As always watch for weak ice or trouble spots.