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Published December 04, 2011, 09:55 PM

Watch out for thin ice this winter

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Anglers are likely walking on thin ice. Some are taking to semi-frozen lakes to soon. They have already been spotted on smaller lakes and officials are warning this is not wise.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Anglers are likely walking on thin ice. Some are taking to semi-frozen lakes to soon. They have already been spotted on smaller lakes and officials are warning this is not wise.

Game and fish experts say there is no exact time on when you should and shouldn't got out, but if you are planning to make a trip out to think twice about your decision.

Doug Leier (Game and Fish Biologist): “There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice weather it is January or February, and anybody that is going to venture out on to the ice definitely has to be smart enough to take the proper precautions and understand what you are dealing with.”

There are some waters in the area that are frozen up to six or seven inches deep while some anglers are still fishing in the water from boats.

Leier says it is typically safe to go out if there are 4 inches of frozen solid clear ice.

He advises people not be experimenting at this time and to go out with a skilled veteran ice fisherman.

Leire says to test things out first because ignorance can be deadly.

Doug: “Small streams or smaller ponds that are frozen over, there might be a spring, there might be a little bit of an inflow, anything with inflow are going to be the more unstable than the water that is stable and can tend to freeze up and be a little bit more safe.”

Leire says it is best to check the ice first in a shallow spot with the correct equipment because all lakes are different and vary in thickness and quality.

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