SD GFP

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks is reminding Ice Fisherman to take extreme caution when venturing onto the ice. The fluctuating temperatures between warm and cold days are creating questionable ice conditions for fishermen.    

Austin Norton is a Conservation Officer with the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks in Day County.  He says with the fluctuating temperatures we have had recently the ice thickness is not consistent……

Norton said they have taken reports of some vehicles that have gone through the ice…

Kraig Haase is the Regional Conservation Officer Supervisor in the Watertown Office.  He says the ice isn’t as good in the Watertown area as it is up north….

Norton says before heading onto the ice you need to make sure and pack the right safety gear and that includes one of the most important items, ice picks...……

Norton says it’s also important to let someone know where you are going to be……

It’s recommended that the ice be at least four inches thick for ice fishing, five inches for a snowmobile or ATV, 12 inches for a car or small pickup and 12-15 inches for a medium sized pickup truck.

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