With much of the U.S. feeling the unseasonably warm weather, it’s little surprise South Dakota officials are asking for ice fisherman to be extra cautious this year.
The varying weather conditions haven’t exactly created an ideal ice fishing scenario just yet.
“Repeated freezing and thawing have mad for poor ice and open areas on many of our lakes,” South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department fisheries administrator John Lott told reporters.
Wildlife officials are reminding anglers to test ice conditions as they proceed across. Ice thickness is not always consistent across the lake. It takes more than a foot of ice to support a vehicle and ice shanties need six inches or more.
For an angler alone, they are recommending at least two inches of ice.
The urge to hit the lake for a little ice fishing is definitely strong this time of year, but make sure you stay safe while you are out there doing it! With a little luck, ice conditions will get better as this winter continues.