Local professional fishing guides urge anglers to be careful on ice

Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office

The Meister Guide Service team posted a video on an Otter Tail Lake Facebook page showing a large crack in the ice, recommending anglers to stay off of it.

The Department of Natural Resources urges everyone to stay off the ice until at least 4 inches of new and clear ice is present. Officials say it should be at least 5 to 7 inches for a snowmobile or an ATV, and 8 to 12 inches for a car or small pickup and 12 to 15 inches for a medium truck.

All of these minimums should be doubled for white ice or ice covered with heavy snow.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers the following additional guidelines for safety on ice:

• Always wear a life jacket on the ice (except when in a vehicle).

• Children should never be unsupervised around the ice.

• Caution children to stay off ponds, streams and other bodies of water.

• A thin coating of ice on a pond or lake does not mean it is safe.

For more on ice safety, visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html