KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) With the cold bearing down on us, ponds and lakes are becoming more frozen.
The frozen makes it good for ice fishing. Eyewitness News caught some anglers out on Frances Solcum Lake Monday evening.
With it being frigid outside they say this is prime time for fishing as the ice is at the right thickness to walk on. The thickness varies per waterway.
Anglers say the cold adds to the excitement of catching a fish in mid-January.
“I’ve been fishing all my life since I was a little kid. My father taught me how to fish and I loved it and took the sport and enjoy it,” said Michael Surpous.
“There’s something about catching a fish in an eight or ten inch hole right directly below you,” said Joshua Davenport.
If you are planning your next trip out on the ice, below you can find safety tips from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
PFBC SAFETY TIPS:
Always wear a life jacket or float coat while on the ice. Avoid inflatable life jackets, which do not perform well in freezing temperatures.
When arriving at the water’s edge, visually survey the ice. Look for open water areas and signs of recent changes in water levels. Ice sloping down from the bank can indicate a recent drop in water level, while wet areas on the ice can indicate a rise in water level.
Listen for loud cracks or booms coming from the ice. This can be an indicator of deteriorating ice.
Look for new ice, which is clear or has a blue tint. New ice is stronger than old ice, which can appear white or gray.
Remember that ice thickness is not consistent across the surface of the lake or pond.
Beware of ice around partially submerged objects such as trees, brush, embankments or structures.
Ice will not form as quickly where water is shallow or where objects may absorb heat from sunlight.
Anglers should use an ice staff to probe ahead as they walk.
If the ice staff punches through, retreat to shore slowly.
Always carry a pair of ice awls, which are handheld spikes.
Ice awls can assist in performing a self-rescue, in which the spikes are driven into the ice to help someone pull themselves out of the water.
Never walk on ice that has formed over moving water such as a river or stream.
Never go out on ice alone.
Always let someone know your plans and when you expect to return.