Current and rising water, not temperature, could impact your weekend ice fishing

Your favorite winter fishing hole will probably be a little more dangerous this weekend.

While the weekend temps could get into the 40s, local DNR officials say it’s the current and rising water levels that are making ice fishing more dangerous. So the Wisconsin and Minnesota DNRs are urging people to be safe if they’re still going out on a lake or river.

While officials never say the ice is safe to be on, it is recommended you stay off any areas that could be less than 4 inches thick.

“Don’t go venturing off on your own. Go places where other people have already been. If you feel the need to be adventurous certainly bring an ice spud, maybe bring some other safety equipment to make sure you can get yourself back out in case you do fall in,” said Wisconsin DNR Conservation Warden Edward McCann.

4 inches of ice is recommended to go out on foot, 5 to 7 inches for a snowmobile or ATV, and at least a foot of ice for trucks.

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