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landoftheskytintedwater
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02/01/2017 12:00PM
What do people use to cover up their water hole (if you do this) to help prevent it from re-freezing over?
 
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02/01/2017 01:33PM
A pine bough or a few branches and pile show on top. Snow is an insulator.
Soledad
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02/01/2017 04:07PM
We just leave the chisel by the hole. So it is easy to find and open ;)
DanCooke
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02/01/2017 04:22PM
I have seen and used rigid foam insulation, closed cell foam pad piece, snow. The more loose snow the better. snow in the hole sometimes makes the ice growth weaker.
Jaywalker
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02/01/2017 09:34PM
I bring an ice auger. It goes through a foot of ice in about 8 seconds. I don't care I the hole refreezes.
mevans
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02/02/2017 10:09AM
I usually bring an insulated tip-up like this:
https://www.frabill.com/ice-fishing/tip-ups/pro-thermal-round-tip-up.html

just seal it around the hole well, havent had issues even on below zero nights keeping it open until morning.
nicek
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02/02/2017 03:23PM
mark the hole and pile up some snow on it. little work next day to open it up again.
karola
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02/04/2017 10:00AM
quote nicek: "mark the hole and pile up some snow on it. little work next day to open it up again."

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02/04/2017 02:22PM
I'm agree with Jaywalker... With our amazing Nils auger - I don't care if it re-freezes. That sucker punches down 2 feet in less than 20 seconds!
 
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