Ice Fishing Safety Tips

hi my name is Rick Sanford I'm a

contributing writer to the Fisher and

magazine and today we're gonna cover

some of the safety aspects of ice

fishing one of the first things you want

to be aware of is when you get to the

ice you want to know how thick it is in

a moment

we'll go over how to cover that the

second thing is if you do go through and

if you ice fish a lot the event it will

be eventually you will go through

because you'll get the desire to go when

things might be questionable in that

case these are indispensable what these

do you can actually wear them around

your neck

you grab them and you can dig them into

the ice the tip on here I'll show you

the tip linear retracts and that's how

you'll be able to grab on to the solid

ice and pull yourself out these dips are

protected while you're walking if you

fall on them or something like that

they'll be fine but they come out when

you need them the other thing I always

carry because I usually bring a sled and

some equipment as I carry a hundred feet

of rope there are a lot of fishermen

that go that aren't really adequately

equipped and you don't want to be there

when somebody's having a problem you

can't throw a rope to them you tie a

loop on the end and get it to them and

help them get out of the ice a third

thing and this goes aside from falling

through the ice is a lot of times when

you have an ice called freeze up of the

lake and you don't have much snow you

have very smooth ice which is great for

ice skating out but it's awful

especially for adults trying to motor

out onto the ice because you'll slip

fall I've seen people break their elbows

which is an extremely painful injury to

break shoulders what you need to do is

get a pair these are called yak tracks

that I use they stretch right over your

boot I wear a size 13 and believe me

they fit just about anybody but these

are the yaktrax there are a number of

companies that make different types of

things to slip on your boots so you can

have traction on the ice and that's an

important safety feature now the other

thing we're talking about they're

talking about how thick the ice is I

don't really feel safe unless it's at

least 3 inches thick it's just not worth

it I'll go home watch football ice and

fly something like that but in order to

find out how much ice you got one of the

first things you look at is if there's

other people out of the ice follow their

tracks that's usually gonna be safe but

if you have any question I'll start

digging some holes now if you've got a

spud you can spud the holes if you got a

laser auger like this you can dig down

through the hole I can dig through six

inches of ice in less than 30 seconds

with this that'll give me an idea if I

dig through and this thing goes through

in about six turns that means the ice is

only a couple inches thick and I'm not

gonna go out any further I fished

earlier this year one Lake up in the

northwest I was pushing the season a

little bit I drilled holes every 12 feet

I had four inches when I started and

about two and a half inches when I

stopped and I backed off and fished the

stuff that was closer to the four inches

but these are very important tips we

want everyone that's watching today to

make sure they make it through every ice

season safely and once again this is

Rick Seyfert and thank you very much for

watching the fishermen