ice fishing has begun in the backus area. I walked out about 20 feet, did not punch any holes, but it looked like 4 good solid inches. some lakes capped over thursday night, so be careful, as the ice thickness will not be the same all over. my lake had open water in middle of lake, but capped over thursday.
Coon lake Anoka Co. 95% locked except for narrow strip from Lexinhyon drainage ditch toward flagpole point. Several 100 swans/geese keeping it open. The ice ridge 30 ft off shore next to broken lce will most likely pose early ice access issues. 1/2 dozen Youngins fishing the channel said ice was 3 to 3 1/2".
4'x6' would save a little bit of weight, but would reduce the surface area for floating on snow. I have been thinking of making a 6'x8' to better accommodate the occasional guest. I would put this close to a plowed road for easy access and removal at the end of the season. Then use the 4'x8' for further out on the lake.
2x6 skids would give a little more clearance for the bottom over snow and water on top of the ice, and wouldn't add much weight. I put electrical conduit on the bottom of my skids for wear strips and tracking. This is the floor before insulation, sheathing underneath, and conduit.
Went and checked little elk and Baxter 3-3.25 inches about 8 feet off shore. I did not go past that as I don’t want to fall in again. I need 5 inches to feel ok and it will be some time before gets there unless it gets cold soon. Let’s pray for no snow.