…..watch your step!
Even though late season ice fishing can be incredibly hot, it like the early season is also the most dangerous time you can be out on the hard water. That is why I carry the Jiffy Deluxe Mille Lacs Ice Chisel, or what is commonly called a spud here in Michigan. Although many consider how much an item weighs when they go ice fishing, trying to keep it down to minimum when walking or dragging equipment, here is a case of heavier is better. Yes, there are cheaper and lighter weight spuds on the market, but when walking on the ice you want as much weight as possible when checking the ice in front of you. A lighter weight spud might barely go into rotten ice, but the heavier Deluxe model will give you a true indication of just how safe the ice is in front of you.
Also if you are braving the big water for one last trip, this spud can save your life in another way. Imagine riding your quad, side by side, or snowmobile and your heading out or heading back to shore and you come up to a crack in the ice. Take the extra few minutes, get off your machine of choice, and use the chisel to check the ice on both sides of the crack for thickness before crossing! Also, once you do that, please do not “slow roll” your machine over the cracks, get a decent start and have some momentum built up when you cross over it. Even though you checked it, it is far better to be safe, than sorry.