Fishing Experts Say Stay Safe on Ice

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is urging ice anglers to stay safe this winter.

Game and Fish officials say it's a good idea to check conditions before venturing out onto a lake that has frozen over. Check the thickness of the ice every 100 to 150 feet, they say, and four inches of clear ice is usually considered safe enough for fishing.

Game and Fish officials say don't go onto rivers or other moving water that has frozen over. In any case, Bud Stewart of the Sheridan office says always take someone with you.

And, he said, carry a rope or ice-pick on a lanyard and spread out when walking onto the ice.

A life jacket or flotation device could also be a life saver, according to Game and Fish officials, if you did fall through the ice.

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