I was out today on peltier. Accessed via the dock. I walked out and as I was walking there were spots that bowed under my weight. When I got to the holes I was surprised to find 15 inches of ice. It made me feel safe so I went around kicking open old holes and fishing for a while.
Then I kicked through a hole and found less than 4 inches of bad ice. That had me scared because it was about 20 ft from a spot with 15 inches.
I recommend people not even try anymore in the metro. Even though I moved all over and didn't fall in there were definitely spots that a good jump would have put me through the ice.
I risked it to try and find some nice crappies I located a week earlier. Didn't find any, I think they are sitting outside the spawning grounds getting ready but I didn't have the nerve to search the lake anymore so I headed in. On the way in I walked within shouting distance of a guy open water fishing. He yelled "Your nuts!" I told him that I wanted to be the last guy to fish the ice and I'll bet I am.
Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~ Chuck Clark