Tips & Guidance:
- Four inches of solid, clear ice is a safe thickness if venturing out on foot. Be sure to periodically check the thickness as you move further out.
- Avoid ice near open water or around docks. Dock owners often use bubblers to prevent thick ice from forming and damaging them.
- Carry ice safety picks. They can help you pull yourself out of the water should you break through the ice. Store-bought or homemade work just fine.
- Let someone know where you’re going to fish and when you plan on returning.
Getting out there during the hard water season is fun, but definitely not worth risking your life!
Photo provided by DEC.