ICE FISHING SAFELY
WHEN IN DOUBT,
DON’T GO OUT! BEWARE OF THIN ICE
Every winter, thousands of Hoosiers enjoy fishing, skating, hiking or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And every year, people drown after falling through ice. Like driving on snow, Hoosiers need to re-learn how to have safe fun on ice.
WARN KIDS ABOUT PLAYING ON
FROZEN LAKES AND STREAMS
If You Are Fishing:
- Drill your own test hole near shore. Your test hole should show at least a four-inch thickness of clear ice like you get from your freezer.
- Wear a life jacket for extra warmth and safety.
- Be aware of various ice strengths and qualities. One area of a pond may be a foot thick while another spot of ice may only be an inch thick.
- Ice strength can also change. Thick ice is rotten after rain. Old honey-combed ice, slush ice or ice with current under it is also dangerous. New ice is almost always stronger that old ice. Wind, waterfowl and beavers can also keep areas of ice thin.
- Indiana law limits ice fishing holes to a diameter of 12 inches.
- Fishing shanties must have reflectors on each side so snowmobiles won’t crash into them at dusk or during snowstorms.
USE THESE GUIDELINES TO JUDGE THE SAFETY
OF FRESH, SOLID ICE
|1 inch of ice||STAY OFF!!!|
|4 inches of ice||Needed for safe ice fishing|
|5 inches of ice||Needed for snowmobiling|
|8 inches of ice||Needed to support the weight of a car or light
|10 inches of ice||Needed to support a medium weight truck|