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Ice Safety: Shoreline Issues
« on: January 28, 2012, 11:43:54 AM »
When you have a winter like this one has been you will have to know how to read and deal with some icy issues that crop up at the shoreline. I shot these pics Monday at Lake Wallenpaupack to illustrate some of the problems, their reasons, and how to avoid them while still getting out to fish safely. When you have a lake that is safely frozen and get a sudden warm spell you will have weakened shoreline ice to contend with. Add a little rain and snow melt to that to make it can get really interesting, This is what can happen; The ice along the lake's edge is anchored or frozen to the ground where the ice and the bottom of the lake come in contact. As the runoff finds its way to the lakes edge it will begin to melt the edge ice and it also will raise the level of the lake. In a monster lake like the Pack it takes a whole lotta runoff to raise the level of the lake but not much to weaken the shore ice. So you have the ice frozen to the shore and the water is raising, the ice floats up higher buoyed by the raising water level and the shore stays fixed to the ground . The ice along the shore becomes lower that the rest to the ice in the lake and the rain water on the ice and the runoff from the surrounding land find these low spots and start to drain into the lake through whatever cracks and holes that they can find. In a matter of a few hours there are holes and weak spots developing and you as an ice fisherman need to pay attention to these spots.  Here are the pics and some comments.
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FM

As the ice freezes it expands and pushes up onto the shore. The level of the water in the lake has dropped too, leaving an underwater boulder poking up almost thru the ice


The sunlight and warm temps will heat up the rocks along the shore and melt the ice in contact with them.


These next two pics show some safe to cross ice but you can see the rain water ponding in the depressions.








The next two pics show where water has found a crack and a way to get back into the lake and has eaten a hole thru the ice.


















« Last Edit: January 28, 2012, 09:28:36 PM by fishin_musician »
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Ice Safety: Shoreline Issues
« on: January 28, 2012, 11:43:54 AM »

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Re: Ice Safety: Shoreline Issues
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2012, 06:29:01 PM »
Nicely done  FM!
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Re: Ice Safety: Shoreline Issues
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2012, 06:40:42 PM »
Very informative.  Thanks.

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Re: Ice Safety: Shoreline Issues
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2017, 07:00:25 PM »
Thanks for that thorough run through. In light of these things, do you think the pack will be safe to fish tomorrow
considering that we have rain. In other words, from your experience, will the hold up one day?

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Re: Ice Safety: Shoreline Issues
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2017, 07:21:51 PM »
I was at the pack on sat. Even in the coves that were solid 7or8inches out in the middle the shore lines were 2.5/3" and the main lake outside of the coves was real sketchy. Might need a plank after the warm up just to fish the coves

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Re: Ice Safety: Shoreline Issues
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2017, 07:38:03 PM »
Thanks for that thorough run through. In light of these things, do you think the pack will be safe to fish tomorrow
considering that we have rain. In other words, from your experience, will the hold up one day?

That was a.2012 post meant for.educational purposes.  It certainly applies this season as well as when I made it.  Stuff to be aware of and watch out for.  I can't  speak to  any conditions out there at this time I've been up state NY and have to get up to speed just like everyone else.
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Re: Ice Safety: Shoreline Issues
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2017, 08:11:14 PM »
Thanks to both of you for the responses.
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