Howdy Frozen Fish Fans,
I have been getting a lot of calls and e-mails regarding ice conditions and our 8th Annual Missing Link Ice Derby.
We have proposed the date of January 25th 2014 for the derby; of course this depends on current ice conditions. I will keep everyone up to date via this blog and our many friends who post our reports as well. But I would mark the calendar for the 25th, we have loads of awesome prizes and it should be an awesome time for the whole family!
According to the ice fishing gurus and safety experts 4” of solid clear ice is deemed safe for a 200lbs. person and reasonable ice fishing gear. If the ice is “white” or not solid and clear double that amount is recommended.
-Ice is not always uniform thickness across a lake
-Ice is constantly changing and shifting with wind, temperature, and sunlight. If I check the ice Tuesday and go back on Saturday one should not expect the same conditions.
-It is up to the angler to make good decisions that will promote his or her own safety.
I will reiterate for legal reasons… The Jicarilla Apache Nation, The Jicarilla Department of Game & Fish, nor its agents take legal responsibility for ice conditions, safety, or accidents as it is up to the individual angler to be aware of lake conditions and ice limitations. All Jicarilla Lakes and amenities are USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Currently the Ice on Horse, Stone, Embom, Dulce, and Mundo are what I personally consider unsafe. I never want to go under the ice so I play it safe. That being said two anglers were on Mundo this week and they both did quite well.
Ice average thickness on these lakes is currently approximately 2.5” of white ice.
I will post a more exhaustive list of ice fishing safety tips soon!
Stay Warm, Be smart and safe this holiday season, especially on the ice!