Thin ice warnings

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Some are still venturing out onto frozen lakes for their last couple of days of ice fishing, but officials are warning them to use caution.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says that if the ice is two inches thick or less to stay off lakes and ponds.

While some areas are getting close to that number, others are still the perfect playground for those dedicated winter anglers.

Lynn Laures is one of those anglers who saw Saturday as the picture perfect day for fishing with his son.

As the weather begins to warm up, Laures uses extra caution while heading out on the ice, especially when he goes out with his son.

“Usually, I’ll look and see if it looks like other people have traveled on it recently,” Lauers said, “if it gets really late in the season or early in the season, I’ll take an ice spud and I’ll pound it just to make sure that it doesn’t break through.”

Officials like Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Philip George say that some lakes and ponds thin out quicker than others and that it is always important to use caution no matter how early or far into spring we are.

“We never say ice is safe, you can always have issues” George says, “what happens in the springtime is we have run off and the edges of lakes will go more quickly.”

George was out checking licenses and reminding anglers that the warmer weather is a sign that the ice-fishing season is winding down.

Laures and his son both had a successful afternoon catching at least one each and they both said that while the ice fishing season has been fun, they’re ready for the ice to go, and a new fishing season to come.

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