Ice Fishing Season is Beginning, Anglers Encouraged to Practice Safety

GLASGOW, Mont. (NMB) – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reminds anglers that safety should be their number one concern during this year’s ice fishing season. A press release says that while the first ice of the year often offers some of the best fishing, it also can be quite variable from location to location and from day to day.

Anglers should be familiar with the water body they plan to fish. In FWP Region 6, there are dozens of water bodies that have windmills operating to keep dissolved oxygen flowing to fish, however, Havre-area Biologist Cody Nagel says it can also change the ice conditions. He said, “Anglers need to be extra careful about venturing onto any ice where these windmills are operating because the action of the aerators can weaken or thin the ice.”

Nagel urges anglers to use extreme caution with this recent warm spell and to wait for colder weather before venturing out on the ice.

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