Few winter sports are more relaxing than a calm day of ice fishing. If you're one to venture out onto frozen lakes and reel in a delicious meal from below, it's important that you know some ice fishing safety tips first.
Here are a few pointers every ice fisherman should keep in mind, whether you're a beginner or seasoned ice angler.
1. Get local input
If you're like many ice fishermen who travel out of their hometowns to find the perfect lake to drop a line in, you may not be familiar with the area. Sure, you can review a map to find out where the lakes, creeks and ponds are, but only a local will know which ones are best, safest and most bountiful. Stop in at the local bait shop and ask for advice - chances are, the person behind the counter will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.