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DNR reminds anglers of ice fishing safety tips

By Central Office December 3, 2010

Contact(s): Dave Zebro 715 635-4093 or Jim Bishop 715-635-4242

SPOONER, Wis. - Ice is beginning to thicken on area waterways and anglers are getting ready for one of Wisconsin's most anticipated winter activities - ice fishing. Knowing when it is safe to venture out onto the ice, how to travel on ice, and what to do should the ice break is as important as the rudiments of fishing itself.

"Most law enforcement personnel will tell you that because it can be tricky, there is no such thing as safe ice," says DNR Law Enforcement Supervisor Dave Zebro, "and although a lake or river is frozen, that does not mean it can be safely traveled."

Zebro offers these tips to anglers and others who plan to venture onto the ice this winter:

"Common sense is the greatest ally in preventing ice related accidents," Zebro says, "and that includes checking ice conditions and preparing oneself before venturing out." Five minutes of checking ice from shore, talking to local authorities or bait shops, and systematic checks while going out on the ice can make the difference between an enjoyable winter experience and a tragedy, he says.

Last Revised: Friday, December 03, 2010

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