Extreme caution must be used by ice anglers, especially due to deteriorating ice conditions and snowfall concealing cracks and areas of thin ice. Anyone planning to head out should first consult with a local bait shop, resort or guide service for the most current ice conditions. Whenever possible, stay on maintained ice roads and trails.
The DNR encourages anglers to wear a life jacket out on the ice, especially under current conditions. Bring along some rope, ice picks, an ice chisel and tape measure, and always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Once out on the ice, check ice conditions often.
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