Charles City, Iowa – The recent blast of cold air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa. Anglers are heading out to ice fishing for the first time this season.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers to check the ice often. They recommend a minimum of four inches of quality ice for fishing and at least five inches for snowmobiles and ATVS.
Early ice offers an excellent chance for fishing success. However, the DNR recommends going with a friend and check ice thickness often. They recommend bringing safety items along including ice picks, 50 feet of rope and a throwable flotation seat cushion to use in case of rescue.
The forecast calls for up to an inch or rain over the weekend which could send rivers higher and cause ice jams.
For more information, check out the Iowa DNR website at iowadnr.gov.