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A quick online search shares a few tips which echo what I've heard from ice fishermen: The ice is always thicker at the edges than in the center. If the edges seem safe, you're not done testing yet. The larger the body of water, the less likely it will be frozen. Larger ponds/lakes have more waves which causes cold/freezing water at the top and the ...


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You need between 3 and 4" of clear ice to be safe, but, with practice, you can visually determine if there is this amount or more. The key is that ice can support your weight in boots and not yet be safe for dynamic or concentrated loads (i.e. jumping or ice skating). The basic technique is that you first bash the edge of the ice (it is always thinnest at ...



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