Ice Fishing Safety Tips You Need to Know
With the ice fishing season quickly approaching, now is a good time to remind anglers about how to keep safe on the ice. Below are some tips and advice that you should know before venturing out on the ice.
Before You Leave
Keeping safe on the ice starts before you even leave your home. Here are some things that you should take care of before you even arrive at the lake.
Make sure that someone knows about your fishing plans. Inform this person of the body of water that you are fishing, the area that you plan to fish, and what time you should arrive home. If you don’t arrive home on time, then that person can alert authorities. Occasionally, plans change while on the water. Fish movements could make you change your fishing location, or a good bite could have you stay on the water longer than expected. Remember to notify this person of any changes to your plan.
Never Go Alone
You should never venture out on the ice alone. Always bring at least one fishing buddy along. This way, there will always be someone to alert authorities and help if anything does go wrong.
Check with the Local Tackle Shop
Check with your local tackle shop to get an update on the current ice conditions. This is also a good time to ask about how the fishing has been.
In addition to your regular ice fishing gear, there are some important items that you should bring with you. These will help to keep you safe and aid in rescue should anything go wrong.
Cell Phone or Radio
It is extremely important for every member of your fishing party to have a communication device. In many areas, a regular cell phone will suffice. However, a radio will be required in remote areas where cell phones do not work.
Always carry at least one full set of dry clothing. Keep it in a waterproof bag or container. Changing into dry clothes will help prevent hypothermia should you fall through the ice or get wet while far from shore.
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