Well, the ice fisherman of the area got another day of ice fishing on the Marilla Reservoir Saturday.
There was about 3 inches of *questionable* ice.
They say that 3 inches of solid water ice, will hold a car, but the ice on the Reservoir is half snow and slush and half ice. What I like to call "punky" ice.
BUT Saturday morning and most of the day it held fisherman!
The ice was softer and thiner near the shore. It tapered from 3" to zero at the shore line. In most areas you had to step over open water onto the ice. A bit unnerving for the inexperienced ice fisherman (like my girlfriend!).
Buy the mid afternoon on Saturday, the ice started to get scary. There were people attempting to get on the ice and breaking through. A few I saw went in over their boots an one sunk up to his knees.
We had to choose our exit from the ice very carefully. But we made it without getting wet (or worse!)
It is real nice ice fishing in the warm weather and in the bright sunlight. My girlfriend ended up catching a small perch and I caught a nice trout. Lot's of fun. We fished next to a group of "first timers".
Looks like there may be ice for next weekend.
Setting the tip-up
Drilling a hole
Enjoying the sunshine
checking a rig
My 13 1/2" Brown Trout