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DEC: Anglers urged to put safety first when ice fishing

The DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos is urging anyone fishing on the ice to use caution.

Posted: Jan 17, 2019 3:00 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2019 3:20 PM

The Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding anglers to put safety first when ice fishing. 

The DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos is urging anyone fishing on the ice to use caution.

“This past week’s cold spell has improved conditions for ice fishing across New York state,” Seggos said in a statement. “Still, anglers should keep safety in mind and test the ice before venturing out to enjoy some hard-water fishing.”

Officials sat four inches of solid ice is typically safe for anglers on foot, but ice thickness can vary on some bodies of water -- even in the same area. 

The DEC says people need to test the conditions, and just because snowmobile tracks can be seen over a waterway, that doesn't necessarily mean it is safe. 

They urge people to avoid any situations that appear even the slightest bit risky or dangerous. 

As part of the governor NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, February 16 and February 17 are designated days for free fishing in New York, meaning a license is not required to fish. 

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