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Ice Fishing Safety Tips for Hardwater Season

Stay safe on the ice this winter while enjoying a day of ice-fishing. Follow these tips from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for safety on the ice:

  1. The minimum ice thickness for supporting one person is at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice.
  2. Drill holes or use an ice chisel or spud bar to check the ice conditions while working your way out to your fishing spot.
  3. Wear a life jacket.
  4. Commercial or homemade ice picks should be worn around your neck in case you fall through and need something to grip the ice and pull yourself out.
  5. Fish with others in case trouble arises.
  6. Have a long rope with you so someone can rescue you if you break through the ice.
  7. Before heading out, tell a family member or friend where you will be fishing.
  8. Avoid alcoholic beverages. These affect your judgment and increase your chances for hypothermia.
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