Number One thing is you’ve gotta stay warm: It’s just no fun when you’re cold. Layer your clothing, and stay away from cotton under-clothing. Cotton will trap moisture like sweat next to your skin, and that moisture makes you get cold. Boots that keep your feet warm on above zero days don’t necessarily do the job on below zero days. A pair of warm boots will be just as important as the right lure.
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Current, wind, plants and timing (whether it is the first ice of the year) and snow can affect the thinness of the ice.
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Go out with a buddy and keep a good distance apart as you walk out. If one of you goes in the other can call for help. The companion can also attempt a rescue if one of you are carrying rope or other survival gear.
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- Two inches of solid ice is permissible for one person on foot, three inches for a group in single file;
- A snowmobile is safe on three inches;
- A single passenger automobile seven inches;
- A 2-1/2 ton truck eight inches;
- A 3-1/2 ton truck nine inches;
- A 7-8 ton truck ten inches.
Read about the important rules of thumb when judging ice thickness on DupageAngler.com
Leave your car or truck on shore. Every year several motor vehicles go through the ice on Vermont lakes, and people have drowned as a result.
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Ice fishing tents are made to help individuals who love to go fishing, even when the lake has already frozen. They are temporary shelters to aid fishing enthusiasts keep warm while waiting for their favorite fish to bite the bait.
Learn the different types of Ice Fishing Tents on DupageAngler.com
There are several locations within the DuPage County Forest Preserve system to ice fish. According to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, ice fishing is permitted on most forest preserve waters, unless posted otherwise.
Locations to ice fish are located on the east and west branches of the DuPage River, Salt Creek, DesPlaines River, and other tributaries, unless otherwise posted. Big Wood Forest Preserve in Aurora, Ill., offers Poss Lake, Blackwell Forest Preserve; Warrenville, Ill., offers Silver Lake, White Pine Pond, and Sand Pond. There is also Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton, featuring Rice Lake, Herrick Forest Preserve in Wheaton, with Herrick Lake and McDowell Forest Preserve in Naperville, featuring Mud Lake. These are just a few of the many waters available within the DuPage Forest Preserve system.
Just a few places that are available to ice fish in Dupage County on DupageAngler.com