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Title: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on December 14, 2017, 04:29:46 PM
I drove by Chapman Pond in Westerly today and noticed that the lake had about 60-70% ice cover  :o

I didn't think anything would be freezing up yet with the wind we've been having, especially open water. If the wind hadn't blown these last 36 hours, it would have been frozen from shore to shore.

Small areas, like swamps and other sheltered spots are 100% frozen now.

Winter is definitely here now  :yes: :crying:
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Joe P on December 15, 2017, 09:32:32 AM
Maybe we'll get lucky and spring will start early seeing winter is starting early!

Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on December 15, 2017, 11:02:45 AM
Maybe we'll get lucky and spring will start early seeing winter is starting early!



That sure would be nice for a change! Lately it seems like spring arrives later and later each year  :crying:
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on December 16, 2017, 11:57:22 AM
Chapman Pond is 100% iced in today.
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on December 26, 2017, 11:55:52 AM
With the warmer weather and rain we had, Chapman started to look like it might open up, at least partially. But this new cold snap will put an end to that  :crying:

This week looks like it's shaping up to be brutal, with most days not getting out of the 20s, and others not even getting out of the teens  :o I would say it would be pretty safe to assume that ice fishing will be well underway soon just about everywhere.

I don't ice fish, though, so I will hibernate and wait for Spring to get here  :yes:
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Joe P on December 26, 2017, 02:24:31 PM
The next 2 weeks look to be brutally cold, there'll bee ice for sure! 

Also a possible Nor'easter this weekend. one model shows us getting it and another has it going out to sea.  Hopefully it goes out to sea 8)
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on December 26, 2017, 04:58:26 PM
Hopefully it goes out to sea 8)

Agree 100%  :yes:
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Bob W - RI on December 26, 2017, 08:18:08 PM
It looks very cold all week. Lots of ice very soon. I wouldn't think any of it will be safe for some time. If and when anyone does go out ice fishing. Be safe!


Bob W
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on December 26, 2017, 08:44:21 PM
I wouldn't think any of it will be safe for some time. If and when anyone does go out ice fishing. Be safe!

Bob W

Yes! Please be cautious and stay safe. No fish anywhere is worth dying for  :nope:
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Joe P on December 27, 2017, 09:12:27 AM
A week or so ago a guy went missing at Patchaug, he was driving a snowmobile on 2" of ice :o   They found the sled sitting a hump that was out of the water, dont think they found him yet :P
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on December 27, 2017, 04:39:23 PM
A week or so ago a guy went missing at Pachaug, he was driving a snowmobile on 2" of ice :o   They found the sled sitting a hump that was out of the water, dont think they found him yet :P

That's terrible  :crying:

People do some crazy stuff on ice. I have seen videos of people skimming across water on snowmobiles, but doing it on thin ice when nobody else is around to help if you run into trouble is a bad idea.

I hope they find his body before Spring time  :yes:
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on December 28, 2017, 06:05:14 PM
Chapman Pond is completely iced in from what I can see. The ice is also not black, but gray. So it's gotten fairly thick pretty quickly.

I still don't know if it's safe or not, so please use caution if you decide to venture out onto it.  :yes:
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Joe P on December 29, 2017, 09:55:34 AM
Someone is fishing it right now.  Got to be locked up pretty tight with these temps!
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Bob W - RI on December 29, 2017, 03:48:05 PM
They are Crazy !
I don't even want to be outside with these single digit temps!  Never mind being on Chapman's with that wind!
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Joe P on December 29, 2017, 05:45:23 PM
They are Crazy !
I don't even want to be outside with these single digit temps!  Never mind being on Chapman's with that wind!

Bob, you'll warm up fast chasing all those flags!  Plus we fire up the grill and cook some snacks up ;D
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on December 29, 2017, 08:15:57 PM
Plus we fire up the grill and cook some snacks up ;D

That sounds like a good idea!
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Bob W - RI on December 29, 2017, 09:11:04 PM
Snacks? Hot food? Now your talking Joe!   I could try it!
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on December 31, 2017, 01:41:39 PM
Snacks? Hot food? Now your talking Joe!   I could try it!

 (giggle) (giggle)
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on January 02, 2018, 01:41:00 PM
Anyone have an idea as to the thickness of the ice locally?

Based on the weather, we should be well past 4 inches by now.
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Joe P on January 02, 2018, 02:12:15 PM
I'm hearing up to 8 inches already.   Going to be one of those 16" + years i think!
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on January 02, 2018, 05:38:41 PM
I'm hearing up to 8 inches already.   Going to be one of those 16" + years i think!

I'm not surprised at all  :nope:

And I think you're right.. unless something changes quickly, we're probably looking at close to 2 feet by the time it's over  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Bob W - RI on January 03, 2018, 09:03:13 PM
I heard or saw that Saturday it is going to be -7 degrees and who know what the wind chill will be! Bet that helps to thicken the ice!


Bob W
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on January 12, 2018, 10:32:14 AM
Not sure how much ice is still out there. If we did in fact have 12 inches, then it's probably still pretty thick.

But the past couple of days has put a hurt on the snow cover and I even saw a big dark spot on Chapman's Pond yesterday when I drove by. I also saw a lot of very wet ice in the local marshes. I'm sure a lot of the water on top of the ice is from the snow melting, but with the temperature today in the mid 50s and rain on the way, it has to be thinning the ice at least a little bit.  :yes:

Looks like next week is supposed to cool back down, though. So I'm sure it will freeze back up again pretty quickly. We'll see, though, since there are also supposed to be a fair number of days next week that are well above freezing too.
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Joe P on January 12, 2018, 02:14:01 PM
11" on Wordens before this rain.  Gonna be a while to get rid of that!
Title: Re: Ice Conditions - 2017-2018
Post by: Curt - RI on January 12, 2018, 06:25:27 PM
11" on Wordens before this rain.  Gonna be a while to get rid of that!

Definitely agree! Thanks @Joe P  :thumbup: