Simcoe man “learned the expensive way” that ice fishing season is off to a slow start

Sunday, January 9th saw ice fishing season get off to a rough start for one Lake Simcoe man when his Jeep fell through the ice after attempting to access the popular Cook’s Bay.

“This gentleman learned the expensive way that the ice is not safe,” said the York Reginal Police on Twitter.

The incident came just two days after a warning from police that the ice conditions were far from safe and that anglers should stay off for the time being. In fact, many parts of the lake had open water just days before the incident.

The conditions on Lake Simcoe the morning of the incident

As we have mentioned in our Guide to Ice Safety, anglers should look for at least 4 inches of ice before venturing out onto a lake. This amount of ice, if fresh and clear, can hold around 800 pounds and will be safe enough for you and your gear. For those looking to venture on with their cars, wait until the ice builds to around 10 inches or more.

For more information on how you can stay safe this ice season, check out the article below:

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