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Published November 21, 2013, 08:48 PM

DNR warns anglers of thin ice

Lake Park, MN (WDAY TV) - It is the time of year anglers get "antsy."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Lake Park, MN (WDAY TV) - It is the time of year anglers get "antsy."

And that is what concerns everyone from the DNR to small town rescue squads.

With ice just forming, authorities are warning people to wait.

If there is anything good to come from our long expected cold snap, it might as well be fishing.

Many of our smaller lakes are starting to earn their first skin.

Thin ice forming as our temps plummet.

“We really want to encourage people to stay off this ice.”

Every year, anglers walking, driving atv's or pickups challenge ice and lose.

Resulting in firefighters and first responders on the ice as well.

Phil Seefeld/Minnesota DNR: “The thing we want to discourage is people going on the ice at this time because of the safety issue you are creating a danger for yourself but others who come out to rescue you.”

And the DNR says if you do venture out on to the ice, wear a life jacket, bring a set of spikes and put your cell phone in a clear plastic bag.

At the Lake Place bait shop in Lake Park, the minnows and ice fishing displays are up and waiting for the anglers to arrive.

Raina Askin/The Lake Place: “Cold water fishing is good and strong a lot of the anglers are seasonal because of employment anyway and once they are done with their outside work they are tired of being at home.”

Best advice right now, wait.

The fish aren't going anywhere.

The DNR says new, clear, solid ice is safe to walk on after four inches has formed. Snowmobiles: five inches.

But, authorities warn that ice is never 100% safe.