Last Tuesday, we packed up the the dog, the sled, and the auger and went to Messalonskee Pond to check the ice. For February, there isn’t much: just over 12”.
We drilled several test holes. (Well, the Other Guide drilled, I took pictures.)
In the picture above, you can see that the bottom portion of ice is reflective. This is the solid part. The top 3 or 4 inches is porous: snow and frozen slush. This makes me think it would be quite foolhardy to take a truck or car onto the ice this year. But that’s just me: I’m all for erring on the side of extreme caution. I know there are those who love to tempt fate. I’ve seen snowmobile tracks on the river that skim right over open patches of water. I’ve been told that they can do this by going really fast. I guess the drivers are trusting that they will not have to let off the throttle for any reason before they are back on solid ice. Let me say this about those drivers (and I mean this in the kindest way): they are morons. Sorry for the digression.
The ice on the Pond is plenty solid for putting out ice shacks and running snow machines, and fishing. I like to see the variety of shacks that people have. They’re all shapes and sizes and colors. I think my favorite has to be the blue one flying the Jolly Roger.
This one’s pretty cool, too. You could get quite comfy in there, I imagine.
This one is understated in its architecture, but makes a bold statement with color.
Enjoy the fishing. Use your common sense. Don’t err on the side of recklessness and end up a moron under ice.