You aren't kidding about the ice! I have never heard a lake pop and crack so much. One younger child that was nearby could be heard complaint to his Dad, "I'm scared." I couldn't blame the little guy- there were a few times those cracks sounded like gunshots and were near pants-messing levels.
I have never caught many fish on the ice at strawberry. But the size and potential for big fish keeps me going back.
One day I will figure you out, Strawberry.
"It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it." - George Washington
The fish did not seem to be cruising very much for us where we were. It was windy, and the storm was blowing in.... Not sure if that had anything to do with it.
There was only one other group on the ice when we left, out in the middle of Indian Creek. I am guessing it was slow for most people. Oh well. Thems the breaks.
Fishing is a... discipline in the equality of men - for all men are equal before fish. ~Herbert Hoover