Game and Parks suggests tips for safe ice-fishing
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.