As Lakes Freeze Over, MN DNR Reminds Anglers to Practice Ice Safety

As Lakes Freeze Over, MN DNR Reminds Anglers to Practice Ice Safety

November 18, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ R & J Outdoors Show 0

Minnesota — As the shallow bays and lakes begin to skim over with ice during the recent cold snap, local anglers will be getting anxious to be the first to step on ice and drill a hole. In preparation for that, Minnesota DNR Safety Outreach Coordinator Lisa Dugan joined the R & J Outdoors Show to remind fisherman and fisherwoman about proper ice safety. First off, Dougan says just because the ice was safe at a certain point last year, it doesn’t mean that it will be this year as well.

Dugan adds that you shouldn’t rely on the internet or third-party information about whether or not the ice is safe. Instead check it yourself and keep checking it as you go.

Four inches of good, clear ice is recommended for walking out on ice, but no ice is 100% safe. Dugan reminds anglers to be prepared for the worst-case scenario and bring more than just their fishing pole out on the ice.

According to the Minnesota DNR, 15 people have died falling through the ice in the past five seasons. 13 of those occurred by someone traveling an on ATV or snowmobile, one by motor vehicle, and one by someone traveling on foot.