Officials Urge Minnesota Anglers To Stay Off The Ice

Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 11:26 am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is requesting that  fishermen remain patient as winter ice continues to thicken on area lakes.

Many fish houses have already been spotted throughout the state, but KSTP meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas says conditions have barely been met to support the weight of a person.

Yuhas states it takes 4-5 consecutive nights of zero/below-zero temperatures  to deem the ice as safe, adding that it usually takes until Christmas for metro-area lakes to be more than 4 inches thick.

The DNR warned anglers last week that five inches of ice is needed to support the weight of a snowmobile or ATV, and 8 to 12 inches are needed for a car or small truck. More than a foot of ice is will support a medium sized truck.

Only two weeks ago, a Sartell man had to be rescued after he fell through the ice on a lake in Benton County.

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