Welcome, cold snap….now for some hard water angling

Well, we all knew the warm weather wouldn’t last, but at least
we were able to take advantage of it while we could. With limits of
tasty browns in the freezer awaiting the smoker it is time to turn
my thoughts to the hard water.

Many lakes in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin are
showing some good signs of fishable ice. Most back bays and
channels had 2 to 3 inches, but with the recent cold snap that
number is growing and it looks like it won’t be long at all till my
auger starts making ice chips.

The ice is certainly nothing to take lightly. Safety when going
out on the frozen surface should always be your No. 1 priority.
With new ice and some snow cover you never know what you can

A few things to keep in mind:

1. Always fish with a buddy

2. Wear your spikes-of-life around your neck

3. Use a spud bar to test the ice in front of you

4. If it looks unsafe then it probably is.

5. wear a PFD

I am sure that you can come up with many more things to keep in
mind, but this should be kept in the front of your mind at all
times on early ice. We are all itching to get out on the lakes and
pull out the short rods, but there isn’t a fish in the world that I
would risk my life for and neither should you.

Please be careful out there and use your common sense.

Good luck and stay safe!


Categories: Illinois – Cory Yarmuth

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