Just wanted to give everyone a quick ice update from Scott Collinsworth at Fort Peck Marina:
The warm weather and wind took a little toll on the ice the last week. Although the ice is still good(11 inches on the main and 14-15 in the bays) we are seeing some gas pockets opening up along with shorelines deteriorating and points getting weak. We’ve also have some cracks out in the main that have been opening up to as much as 6 feet. I personally know of 3 machines that have gone through in the last three days. One through a pressure ridge and two through gas pockets. One machine was in 85 feet of water and was recovered and no one was injured thank god. These colder temps will help but please don’t assume ice is good. With these varying ice conditions go slow and check the ice as you go. DON’T ASSUME it’s ok. As much as we all love to fish they are not worth dying over. Stay safe and tight lines everyone.