November 7, 2023 | Susan Napier-Sewell

What does a bad day look like? Ice fishing, way too early?

What does a bad day look like?

A Wisconsin man who’d indulged in a few too many thought he could drive his ice fishing shack onto the ice. Turns out the ice was not near ready, even though a couple of recent nights had hit freezing. According to the Barron County Sheriff’s Office, the guy set his mind to bringing his ice shack onto the “ice.” However, all he ended up catching was an OWI.

Somebody was going ice fishing, come ice or just freezing cold water!

Here’s what Fish Anywhere says in its blog, “The start of ice fishing season varies from year to year and is completely dependant on the thickness of the ice. When the ice is 4 inches thick, humans can walk on the ice safely. Snowmobiles and ATVs can travel across the ice when it reaches 7-12 inches, and full-size trucks should wait until there’s over a foot of ice. It’s very important to check local weather and fishing reports for updates on how thick the ice is before setting out. Here’s a handy tool to understand more about this important factor of ice fishing. Of course the weather ultimately determines when the lakes freeze over. Typically in Wisconsin there’s a layer of ice around late December or early January. The season lasts as long as there’s safe ice, generally March or April, although there have been years when ice-out happens in May. Wisconsin’s DNR (Department of Natural Resources) defines “ice-out” as the first day that all ice is gone. Each season is different, so it’s important to check with local resources before heading to the lake.”

Fish Anywhere, “Ice Fishing in Wisconsin,” published October 16, 2019.

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What Does a Bad Day Look Like?
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