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Some Lakes Not Safe For Ice Fishing

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Area lakes have been frozen over for a few weeks, And fishermen have been out trying to get in all the time they can on the ice. But some of the lakes just aren't safe yet.

Like any fisherman, Quality Bait and Tackle Owner, John Store, has his stories about the one that got away.

"They're always bigger than the ones you actually catch," says Store.

But he also has his horror stories.

Store says, "First thing you do is you lose your breath."

He fell through the ice while out fishing and is lucky to be able to tell his story.

"You take your jacket and you throw it up on the ice, let it freeze to the ice and you pull yourself out," says Store.

He's says he's more careful now. While he hasn't made it out on the ice to fish yet this year, many others have.

But after a few warm days, lakes that used to be safe aren't anymore.

Store says, "You go down, and it's cold."

Last year, ice houses, trucks, ATVs and people fell through the ice because of warm temps. And if you're planning to venture out., John has some advice.

"Use some caution. Check the ice as you go, because you can have thin ice in 10 feet," says Store.

Good advice from a man who's learned his lesson the hard way.

Here are the general rules to follow: Generally, four inches of ice is need to do basic ice fishing. Six is needed for ATVs or snowmobiles. Eight to 12 inches for small cars and 12 to 16 inches for big trucks.

Most lakes in the area have between two and seven inches of ice. Usually smaller lakes are more safe than larger ones.

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