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Thanks Bill! I will file that away.


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I measured the water temperature in my creek today. Ice had formed on most of the waterway. In some open water with current the water temperature was 31.9 to 32F. All sorts of fish live in this creek and connected watershed streams. They evidently tolerate these winter water temperatures.


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The ice on my pond was 6" as of Saturday morning and after two cold days should be thicker now. We built and flooded our skating rink and shoveled off a good area. I fished Saturday and today and the rainbow fishing action was good. I caught a few rainbows each day but did not see any browns. It's interesting because in my thread from last winter I was having big trouble catching browns through the ice. Bill recommended stocking rainbows which I did. The rainbows are much more aggressive and have consistently ate more pellets than the browns and are getting big. It's interesting that the browns are so much harder to catch. I walked right above the aerator and the ice was solid. I will let it form for one more week and then turn it back on and see what happens.


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Originally Posted by FishinRod
At those temps you should get thick ice pretty quickly.

How about using your chainsaw to cut out a 4' x 4' square of ice above the aerator after you get good ice across the pond?

Then you might have happy trout and happy kids!


I think that's a good idea since I wonder if the bubbles will travel under the ice and weaken existing ice if they don't have a place to escape. Thanks for the reply.


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For starting an aerator under firm ice, I auger a hole above the aerator and turn in on. Air escapes through the hole and upwelling 39F water and bubbling action erodes the ice fairly quickly depending on ice thickness. .


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Originally Posted by Bill Cody
For starting an aerator under firm ice, I auger a hole above the aerator and turn in on. Air escapes through the hole and upwelling 39F water and bubbling action erodes the ice fairly quickly depending on ice thickness. .

I will make a hole above the aerator to avoid degrading ice quality. I'll leave the aerator off for the rest of the week and let the ice firm up more and then turn it on.


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