Got on the ice on Sunday (14th) around noon. It was windy as %^&# with gusts to 45 miles/hour. My son and I managed to get the pop up set with 6 ice anchors and tied down to the snowmobile:
First hour was totally dead and than the action started. Over a dozen like this:
And at about 4:00 pm this:
Good eating that night.
Around 5 pm the wind died down some and the ice started making creepy cracking, grinding and moaning sounds. We fished until about 645 pm and than headed out for the 5 mile ride back to the truck.
Headed out on Monday (15th - the closer) at noon and had lines in the water about 1 pm. It was a beautiful sunny day with no wind. We went to a different spot about 10 miles from the truck this time. Ice was really loud with lots of noise and the odd small movement. Creepy but we were not concerned as we were on 14 inches with 11 of those being clear and solid.
Action started right away with 20+ like this in 5 hours:
Also picked up a few Jumbos:
The real magic happened at 245 pm:
Just over 28 inches and a personal best for me. He came off part way up the hole and i threw my rod away and stuck my arm down the hole and grabbed him by the gills - close call. At about 3 pm just when my heart rate was returning to normal we got hit by the craziest ice quake i have ever experienced. Sounded like multiple close gun shots. Water shot out of the holes. Hut was shaking and ice was going back and forth and up and down. Was so violent it knocked over the Buddy Heater.
My son and I were unable to discern any change in the ice in our immediate area and agreed that whatever damage may have occurred was now done and we might as well carry on fishing but agreed we should leave an hour early to ensure good light for the 10 mile ride out.
On the ride out 2 miles from the truck we came up on a hard to see open pressure crack. I was doing about 25 miles/hour and did not have enough time to stop so i pinned it and thanked God that i studded the track this fall. We were doing about 55 miles/hour when we hit the water. My sled weighs just over 800 lbs with the amount of fuel i had. Add 2x 200 lb riders. Add 7 foot by 3 foot toboggan loaded with 200 ish pounds of gear in tow. Crack was somewhere between 20 and 25 feet wide and we skipped across - not recommended. Everything in the the toboggan was soaked. Should have taken a picture of the crack but i was so wigged out i just kept going until i was on land.