MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) -

Iowa officials are asking ice fishing anglers on the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa to park away from snow removal operations.

The state Department of Transportation says vehicles often parked by ice fishing anglers on the shoulder of Iowa 26 north of Lansing are hindering snowplows from clearing banks of snow. They say this can cause unsafe driving conditions for anglers leaving their fishing spots and other drivers.

Iowa DOT officials and the Iowa State Patrol say anglers should use designated parking areas along Iowa 26.