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Tuesday, December 28, 2021
By Eric Granstrom
For I'm Eric Granstrom. Temperatures in the single digits or hovering around zero in Eastern Washington will have anglers chomping at the bit to get out for some ice fishing. Of course, a little patience will have to precede your adventure. Anything less that three-inches thick is not enough. Guidelines suggest four-inches of ice could support your weight. The next question, of course, is how do you tell? As a kid, we always used the large rock method. You know, we'd find the largest rock we could and heave it out onto the ice. If the ice cracked or the rock fell through, we'd go throw snowballs at each other instead. That's probably not the best way to test ice as an adult. Test the ice edge in an area you know the water's depth. Shallower the better. Also, try not to go ice fishing alone. Take a buddy! Be sure to also tell friends or family where you're going and what you're doing. If you see slush, best be getting back to shore. We have at least another week of these cold temperatures ahead, so have patience and you'll be rewarded with great ice fishing. Until next time, Good Fishing!