Still February, Montana Ice Fishing May Be Finished
It has been no secret that just about all parts of the United States have been dealt their fair share of warm weather during this Winter. Whether you are on the Eastern seaboard or right in the middle of the country, the weather has been unpredictable and, generally, unseasonably warm.
In Montana, the winter has been as unpredictable as anywhere, and that has done a number to the various outdoors sports that are enjoyed during the winter months. Ski resorts are suffering, hunting seasons are messed up, but above all else, the ice fishing season may be finished before the conclusion of February. Incredibly warm temperatures over the last few weeks has made the ice covering most bodies of water too thin to be stood on. In many cases, the ice has melted altogether.
Commenting on this unusual occurrence was Adam Strainer of the Montana FWP, when he said, “There are still a few folks attempting to ice fish, but it’s getting to be pretty sketchy. That’s pretty typical along the shoreline, but if you look at things historically, March 1 is usually when it really starts to go.”
This is an important time to remind people about the dangers associated with fishing on ice that has worn too thin. Though the temperatures outside may have risen well above freezing, the fact of the matter is that the water will almost assuredly be cold enough to leave you exposed to hypothermia. After only a few seconds in frigid waters, the human body begins to suffer from hypothermic conditions. Especially if you are ice-fishing in a remote location, leaving yourself exposed to these kind of conditions will present you with numerous health problems.
It is important to be sure of where you are fishing, and most importantly, never fish alone. This is a mistake made all too often, and often results in death.