The weekend weather may be just right for ice fishing but Nebraska Game and Parks Commission spokesperson Greg Wagner says there are dangerous spots on every body of water. He says rocks, docks and stumps radiate heat and springs and creek channels going through lakes create weak spots even during the most frigid times.
Wagner says those who plan on heading to the lake need to remember safety rules. Wagner says the first ice of the year is among the best for ice fishing but it is a dangerous time. Nebraska Game and Parks recommends that you always go with a partner, drill test holes every 30 feet and always wear a life jacket or float coat. Always bring along a rope when heading to the lake.
Wagner says remember the 4-6-8 rule. It takes four inches of ice to support one person, six inches to support several people and eight inches to support a snowmobile.
Wagner says more people are showing an interest in ice fishing and it is a growing sport in the outdoor community.