Iowa officials offer advice on ice fishing

Published On: Dec 27 2012 06:14:21 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 27 2012 06:14:00 AM CST
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Iowa officials are reminding ice fishing enthusiasts to be careful with newly developed ice caused by a major snowstorm last week.

The state Department of Natural Resources says a minimum of four inches of quality ice is recommended for ice fishing. At least five inches of ice is recommended for snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

DNR officials also recommend using small baits and a light line for capturing finicky fish.

A major snow storm dumped several inches of snow around the state last week. It also ushered in cold temperatures that covered most area lakes with a layer of ice.