After a warm summer and fall, It’s finally getting cold up here in the North Woods. And while most people are dreading the dozens of inches of snow, sloppy roads, and big boots…I’m not. Why? Ice fishing. Don’t get me wrong, ice fishing is great fun and you can catch a lot of fish, but you need to be smart on the ice. So before you head out fishing this winter, be sure to brush up on your ice safety with this great infographic from the Minnesota DNR.
NOTE: These guidelines are for new, clear solid ice. White ice or “snow ice” is only about half as strong as new clear ice. Double the above thickness guidelines when traveling on white ice. Cars, trucks and SUVs should be parked at least 50′ apart and moved every two hours to prevent sinking.