I was out today fishing around the marsh area for some panfish since the saugeyes haven't been doing anything for me. at about 4'oclock the ice started making the sounds that we are all used to hearin. however it kept on getting worse and worse and i was litteraly watching cracks form as they would go past me. it seemed every few steps you would take you could feel the ice move and make more sounds. at one point closer to the marsh the ice actually sank a little bit on me. i have always been told that ice making the noises is a good sign because it is making more ice, but this was more than i have ever heard. i drove past the spillway on the way out and they were taking water out. could this have been the cause of more cracking than usual? i know it's a big lake and would take longer than reservoirs to get lower but if the ice was trying to adjust to the water level it makes since that this could have been the reason? any and all opinions are appreciated because i would like to know if i was just a little girl or if i was smart to finally get off the lake. also there were some holes that were 4" and other holes 6" that i drilled in the same area. so is the ice really making more ice when its cracking? thanks in advance for responses. on a side note i came across a spot of open water just east of the marsh where there was bubbles boilin up constantly. hole was close to 4 ft in diameter so for everyone else going out there becarefull of the springs!