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Any time you go out onto the ice you take a risk.
Never go out onto the ice alone.
Ice generally should be clear and needs to be four to six inches thick to support one person.
Ice thickness is not consistent. Water currents can cause inconsistent ice thickness.
Don't judge ice strictly by appearance.
When ice fishing, drill test holes as you progress onto the lake to help judge the thickness and character of the ice.
The following areas should always be suspect of thin ice:
Bridges Inlets and outlets
Partially submerged objects such as trees, logs, brush, embankments, or dam structures
Slushy and darker areas
Beware of snow-covered ice. Snow serves as insulation. Other times, it has the opposite effect by insulating the surface from freezing.
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