I ran to get some bait for my buddy Jay and I, and then scouted some local ponds to see if we could even get on them. I drove by 2 ponds....looked pretty dangerous. Third pond....MAYBE we could have gotten on, but would almost certainly have broken through with our first step on the ice. Pond 4....Looked like there was one spot that we could have gotten on. As I was walking back to my vehicle, a pickup truck pulled up, and one of the guys jumped out to talk to me. They were looking for somewhere to fish too. They had been on a small pond near Polk City earlier in the morning, and had broken through the ice. The guy had plunged in thigh deep through the ice. They went home and changed pants/socks/boots and were looking for safer ice. I told them I thought they could get on in a certain spot at this pond, so they went out on the ice (successfully), and drilled some holes. I checked some other ponds.
At pond 5, there was thin ice along the edges, but I thought I could see where we could probably step off shore and onto thicker ice. At pond 6, it looked like it was accessible, and there was already a guy fishing there. At pond 7, I thought maybe in a few select spots it may have been accessible, but other areas had thin ice around the edges.
I reported back to Jay, went home and suited up/loaded the vehicle and met Jay at the pond we decided to try first.
We got on the ice ok. Holes were drilled, I measured 6" of ice.
Fishing wasn't super fast, but one side of the pond definitely had more fish activity than the other side.
I had a muskrat come up into my hole....3rd pond this has happened to me in just 3 days of icefishing this season.
Jay lost a big fish they took off on a blistering run, then either broke his line or cut it off on the ice. He also caught the nicest Pumpkinseed of the day.
I had 2 nice fish that somehow took the Swedish Pimples off my line without even bending out the clip I had them attached to. I'm puzzled about how that happens.
I did catch some bluegills, a couple pumpkinseeds, and two bass. One bass measured 15", the second measured 19".