NEWS

Anglers encouraged to be safe on the ice

As ice fishing season progresses, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises anglers to use extreme caution while venturing out.

1/22/2018 10:57:04 AM

Cheyenne - As ice fishing season progresses, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises anglers to use extreme caution while venturing out. Ice on many waters may not be safe, especially when temperatures warm up.

“Ice fishing is a fun winter activity but it does require attention to safety,” said Alan Osterland, Game and Fish chief of fisheries. “Many fisheries around the state are warmer than usual, so staying safe on the ice is very important to prevent accidents.”

For safe fishing, ice should be at least four inches thick. Anglers should take special efforts to check the thickness of the ice every 100 to 150 feet. Avoid fissures in the ice and significant sized cracks that can emerge in a lake. Clear ice is stronger than cloudy or white ice, which has frozen, thawed and refrozen and is not always stable. White ice can also be from air bubbles or frozen snow and is much weaker than clear ice. For white ice, double the recommended thickness.

Fluctuating water levels in reservoirs and wind can both impact ice conditions and can create dangerous ice conditions. Be aware of recent weather conditions and temperatures and scout out the lake you wish to fish for overflow, wet areas, and open water.  With variable ice conditions across the state and rapidly changing conditions anglers are urged to call their regional Game and Fish office to inquire about ice conditions.

While ice fishing, prioritizing safety is key to preventing accidental drownings.

“A couple of key warnings are, do not drive any motorized vehicle on a frozen lake, do not ice fish on rivers or on other moving water that has frozen over,” Osterland said.

Osterland also recommends that anglers should not fish alone; they should wear a lifejacket or personal flotation device and carry an ice pick. Packing extra clothes and hot liquids can prevent hypothermia if an ice fishing accident does occur.

Anglers venturing on fishing trips this winter should also keep in mind the Fishing Regulations and the Special Winter Ice Fishing Provisions, available on the Game and Fish website, regional offices and Cheyenne Headquarters.

Download this ice saftey infographic. 


 

(Sara DiRienzo (307-777-4540))

- WGFD -


Public input on grizzly bears guiding management priorities

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is moving forward with the next steps for grizzly bear management in Wyoming, thanks to lots of great input from the public.

Continue reading...




Hunting season setting meetings begin in March

Anyone interested in Wyoming hunting is encouraged to attend a season-setting meeting being held March 21 to April 3 across the Cowboy State and offer opinions on proposed 2018 hunting seasons and regulations.

Continue reading...




Game and Fish’s Access Yes program provides over 2.5 million acres for hunting, angling

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Access Yes program provided over 2.66 million acres of access to lands for hunting and fishing in 2017.

Continue reading...




Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp artwork on display in Cheyenne

February is a good time to visit the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Cheyenne Headquarters to see the award-winning work of local youth artists. 

Continue reading...




Howard Fund donates $4,000 to support Access Yes, mule deer recovery

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $4,000 donation from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga- The Howard Fund.

Continue reading...




Local Pheasants Forever chapter donate $5,000 to support Access Yes

Sheridan and Johnson County Chapter of Pheasants Forever provided 40,000 acres of access in 2017

Continue reading...




Wild bison application period now open

Wild bison hunters can prepare to submit their applications for the 2018 season.

Continue reading...




Plan your hunt with help from Game and Fish

Many hunters know planning for the fall hunting seasons begins in at the first of the year; that’s when applications for many licenses begin to open and decisions about what species and where in Wyoming to hunt start.

Continue reading...




CWD found in deer hunt area near Hanna

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department diagnosed chronic wasting disease (CWD) for the first time in Deer Hunt Area 161 in the town of Hanna, Wyoming.

Continue reading...




Anglers encouraged to be safe on the ice

As ice fishing season progresses, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department advises anglers to use extreme caution while venturing out.

Continue reading...




Email Newsletter

Email Newsletter Sign Up

Stay up to date on all Wyoming Game and Fish news either by email or text message. Click the link below to get started.

Sign Up Today

SHOP WYOMING GAME & FISH STORE   SHOP NOW!

Conserving Wildlife - Serving People