DNR: Safe Time for Ice Fishing on Some Metro Lakes

Updated: 12/16/2013 7:49 PM
Created: 12/16/2013 7:43 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

Even though our recent frigid temperatures have done a good job of icing over many Minnesota lakes, the thickness of ice can be deceiving.

Adam Krieglmeier and his cousin have been ice fishing for decades. A KSTP crew caught up with them on Bennett Lake in Roseville on Monday. They have fished at the lake already this year, with ice about four inches thick.

They said it was about 1.5 feet in some places Monday, so they felt pretty safe. They admitted to being a little concerned when they fished the previous time.

T.J. DeBates of the Minnesota DNR says ice around the metro is generally about 6" thick. According to the DNR's website, that's enough to ice fish.

DeBates says to use common sense along with the ice guidelines because ice is never 100 percent safe.

The DNR recommends calling a local bait shop close to the lake. They will often give you the ice depth and tell you the types of fish that are biting.

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