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Game and Parks suggests tips for safe ice-fishing

December 12, 2018 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. – Stay safe on the ice this winter while enjoying a day of ice-fishing. Follow these tips from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for safety on the ice:

-- The minimum ice thickness for supporting one person is at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice.

-- Drill holes or use an ice chisel or spud bar to check the ice conditions while working your way out to your fishing spot.

-- Wear a life jacket.

-- Commercial or homemade ice picks should be worn around your neck in case you fall through and need something to grip the ice and pull yourself out.

-- Fish with others in case trouble arises.

-- Have a long rope with you so someone can rescue you if you break through the ice.

-- Before heading out, tell a family member or friend where you will be fishing.

-- Avoid alcoholic beverages. These affect your judgment and increase your chances for hypothermia.

Fishing permits can be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.