Ice safety on area lakes

WASECA, MN – The sun may be peeking out more often now, but that means more danger for ice anglers.

Ice fishing season may be closed for bass, walleye, pike and muskie in Minnesota, but anglers can still catch panfish and rough fish.

The Minnesota DNR warns of the melting ice, especially where melt water runs onto lakes.

The change in angle of the sun also causes problems even if the temperature is below freezing.

“This is the time of the year where the approach is really different than at the start of the year where we have ice formation, that’s actually some of the strongest ice of the year. It gets a little bit sketchy here at the end,” said Scott Mackenthun, Assistant Fisheries Supervisor with the DNR.

He says if you are going out on the ice, it is important to scan it and see how soft it is. Drilling holes to see how thick the ice is can also help, but they say there is no such thing as safe ice.

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