Game and Parks urges caution when you go ice fishing


OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - If you're going to go ice fishing this season, Game and Parks wants to remind you to always pay attention to your surroundings.

Lake Cunningham in Omaha is one popular spot for the activity.

"You get tired of sitting in the house," said John Tesarek, an ice fisherman.

Tesarek is taking full advantage of winter at the lake.

"I'm retired, so I don't have a lot of work things I have to do during the day."

Mark Wohlers is also ready to catch some fish this season, but he's not going to risk his life for them.

"I mean, you have to be careful."

Wohlers chose his spot at Lake Cunningham only after giving it serious thought.

"No matter how cold the weather is you can have some bad spots," said Wohlers.

Game and Parks is also issuing advice for people going ice fishing.

"Just because you see ice anglers on a particular body of water, you don't know how they got there, so be careful," said Greg Wagner, a spokesperson for Nebraska Game and Parks. "Make sure you wear your life jacket and drill test holes. You need to drill test holes about every 30 feet or so."

Wagner told FOX 42 News there's no such thing as ice being 100 percent safe. The only ice that comes even close will be new and clear.

"It takes four inches to support one person."

That's a measurement that goes up the more weight you put on the ice.

"Six inches supports several anglers in a group and eight inches will support snowmobiles."

That's something to consider before you go ice fishing this winter.

If you're interested in learning more about ice fishing, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is hosting a clinic January 20th at Lake Wanahoo just north of Wahoo from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

A park entry permit is required at Lake Wanahoo and all fishing regulations will apply. For permit information, click here:

You can also call Game and Parks for more information at (402) 595-2144.

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