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DNR: Ice fishing not advised in Iowa

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is advising against any ice fishing in the state due to deteriorating ice conditions.

Even in the northern counties, where the ice had been over two feet thick a few weeks ago, the access to lakes is becoming more difficult as snow melt and runoff is beginning to open some of the edges, and anglers who were once driving on the lake are now walking out.

"There is still ice, even in central Iowa, but I would not advise going out on it," said Mick Klemesrud, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in a written statement. "Ice fishing is still going on along about Hwy. 18 and will for another week or two, but the reports I'm hearing are that it is getting more difficult to get on to the ice and that usually means that the season is coming to a close."

Anglers still going out on the northern lakes should look out for weak spots, black ice and avoid areas with slush or water on top of the ice that could create an unsafe situation.

Experts say more than two inches of ice is needed for us to walk on it. Four inches for ice fishing, five to snowmobile, eight to 12 inches for a car and 15 inches to be safe for medium sized pickup trucks.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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