Winter means ice, ice means frozen water, and that frozen water is often lakes. In the land of 10,000 lakes that means there are a lot of places to head out for some ice fishing. Just because summer is over, it doesn’t have to mean you can’t catch yourself some fresh fish this winter.
Whether your family has been doing it for generations or this is your first time hitting the frozen beach it’s always a good idea to refresh yourself of some basic safety tips. After all, ice fishing is equal parts fun and dangerous with the extreme cold that can only truly be beaten by the satisfaction of catching the big one.
How To Stay Safe When Ice Fishing
One of the biggest things to do is to start off by letting some people know what you’re doing and where you’re going. This advice applies to just about any outdoor activity so that in the unlikely case something happens at least people know where to look. It’s also a good idea to go with friends or family so there can be some immediate help if things go wrong. Being prepared in the case of an accident can save precious time and keep things from getting too dangerous.
The other set of tips are to ask locals and bait shops what the weather is like and how the ice is looking. You want to know what to expect out there and if it’s even safe in the first place. The Minnesota DNR put out some safety guidelines on the thickness of ice that you can see here. You never want to fully trust the ice though because it can go out from under you in a flash. If you do drive on the ice you’ll want to take things slow and use the smallest vehicle possible.
Kia Vehicles in Mankato, MN
Before you want to head out on the ice, you need a vehicle that can safely carry you and your gear so stop on by our dealership and see our wide range of Kia vehicles. You can also call ahead with any questions and we’d be happy to help.