The ice fishing crowd finally has something to cheer about. This polar blast means that conditions are just right to cast a line.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission spokesperson Greg Wagner says more people are taking to state lakes and ponds in the cold weather to fish. Wagner says, “At many of our clinics and workshops that we hold at Game and Parks, ice fishing is a growing sport, a growing outdoor activity. A lot of the folks who do ice fishing tell you that nothing tastes better than fresh fish caught out of the ice.” He says the good, firm flesh of the fish is great in a frying pan.
This is the first weekend that there is enough ice for people to safely venture out onto the water. Wagner says remember safety first. It takes four inches of good, solid lake ice to support one person. Six inches will support several anglers and eight inches a snowmobile. Go with a partner and survey the ice by drilling several test holes before setting up for the day.
Wagner says it is very important to wear a life jacket or a float coat.