Dec 28, 2012 at 7:11 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) As Minnesotans know, weather can vary throughout the state; the same is true for ice conditions.
In the north, Department of Natural Resources conservation officers report more than 800 ice houses on Lake of the Woods, while boat anglers are fishing on parts of the Mississippi River near Le Crescent in the southern part of the state.
Given the uneven conditions, the DNR urges people to think twice before going out on the ice.
DNR Captain Greg Salo says ice is never 100 percent safe. He says don’t put yourself in needless danger by going out on thin ice. In his words--"No fish is worth your life."
Many lakes and rivers across Minnesota have between five and six inches of ice. Ice conditions can change at any moment.
The DNR reminds anglers and snowmobilers to be cautious. Last winter, four people died after falling through thin ice.
Salo says anyone heading out on the ice should carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort - ask about ice conditions - and measure the ice.
Temp: -4°F (-20°C)
Wind: 10mph SW