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"Bobby, what safety precautions should I take if I am ice fishing alone?"

With ice conditions around the state changing each week, a top priority when enjoying the outdoors is safety. The safest way to ice fish is with another person. But if you are heading out on the ice alone, Game and Fish recommends the following precautions to keep you safe and fishing this winter:
Tell someone where you’re headed and when you plan to be back.

  • Consider going to a lake that has other anglers, just in case you need assistance.  
  • Have your cell phone with you, fully charged, and stored in a waterproof pouch (ziploc bag works fine).
  • Make sure you are fishing on safe ice--at least 4 inches in depth. Never fish on ice that has been broken and refrozen.
  • Wear a life jacket and carry ice picks in case of an emergency.
  • Carry an emergency blanket and a set of extra clothes with your gear pack.
  • Never drive a vehicle onto the ice.

Bobby Compton
Laramie regional fisheries supervisor

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