Iowa DNR offers ice-fishing, ice safety advice

Minimum of four inches of ice required for safe ice fishing, officials say

Associated Press
Published: December 27 2012 | 8:10 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 3:47 am in
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Iowa officials are reminding ice fishing enthusiasts to be careful with newly developed ice formed during a major snowstorm last week.

The state Department of Natural Resources says a minimum of 4 inches of quality ice is recommended for ice fishing. At least 5 inches of ice is recommended for snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

DNR officials also recommend using small baits and a light line for catching finicky fish.

The snowstorm dumped several inches of snow around the state last week. It also ushered in low temperatures that left most lakes with a layer of ice.

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