DNR Warning: Warm Weather Leads to Thin Ice

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DES MOINES, Iowa-The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is a warning of the possibility of thin ice on Iowa lakes, especially in the southern part of the state.  In a news release DNR Fisheries Biologist, Ben Dodd warns the warm weather has not been good for firm ice.

“The stretch of warm and windy weather we are experiencing will likely cause many of our areas to deteriorate, especially along shore. Anglers should use caution around the edges when getting on and off the ice,” said Dodd.

Dodd said that ice conditions are not uniform on any body of water and there is no such thing as safe ice.

“Don’t go out alone and if the ice does not look right, don’t go out,” said Dodd.

The DNR reports ice in better shape to the north of Highway 20.  Clear Lake is reporting ice 17-18 inches thick in the little lake area.

Ice anglers should carry 50 feet of rope, and a  cushion with them, in the event of someone going into the lake.

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