Six inches and for the chains, really depends on the amount of snow is on the ice. This time of the the year the slush shouldn't be a problem at all. A few inches would probably be ok but a foot or more of snow could cause traction problems.
There's nothing quite like the adventure of the unknown when taking a quad out onto the ice! Many feel there's more adrenaline in this part of ice fishing than the actual fishing itself!
My friend was cruising out across some ice on the Gorge one time and hit a slush puddle deep enough that he actually thought he was goin' under. He dove off the quad only to observe that his throttle was frozen, and then had true excitement as he watched his 4 wheeler head out across the ice sheet at around 15 MPH with all his gear in tow.
This is why he now recommends stretching prior to any ice fishing excursion. It's all fun and games until someone pulls a hammy.
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