From what I have seen, ice fishing seems like some sketchy business at the moment.
This video has aerial footage of yet another ice fishing accident and it blows my mind.
Driver and passenger okay, Spooner lake.
Posted by Wisconsin Fisherman on Saturday, December 30, 2017
Out of all the different things you can do in the outdoors, I feel like I have tried many and loved it all. All except probably ice fishing. I have done it a few times but it has never really just got me hooked and wanting to come back to do it again.
It largely might have to do with the fact that I haven't had a ton of success because I didn't know what I was doing and the fact that I just think about the deer I could be seeing or the waterfowl I could be hunting.
But after a few of the images and stories I have seen from this ice fishing season, the ice doesn't seem to be that safe of a place anymore. Walking on ice when you know the depths of water below and the dangers is always a little eery, even when you know the ice is thick enough for zero concern.
But driving vehicles across it just never seems like a good idea in my opinion. There is simply too much as risk, like your truck or your life! And lately I have seen too many vehicles emerged in water after the breaking of the ice to change my mindset.
I would think that the drivers of this pickup are probably avid ice fisherman. And they have probably done this trip a hundred times. So, I would also think they know exactly what conditions, and thickness of ice that there would need to be to avoid situations like this.
Maybe there was a weak spot in the ice because of what was below, I don't know, but it is enough for me to know that I won't be following anyone out on a lake for an ice fishing trip anytime soon.
Can you imagine the sheer terror running through your body as you hear the ice crack and the truck beginning to sink? And how exactly did this all unfold? Did they just exit out the back hatch?
Everyone involved in this specific accident was ok, so that is good news at least. But wow, be careful to all you ice fisherman, and make sure you are safe before you hit the ice!