Dare to be Safe: Mild Winter Pushes Patience of Anglers

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No ice is safe ice.
Ice conditions in our general area range from maybe an inch of ice to six inches.
Add rain to the mild temperatures and you are looking at danger in all directions.

“There are still some people fishing out there, but we’re definitely saying not to,” said Scott Engel, President of the Otter Street Fishing Club in Oshkosh.

Gusty winds are creating shoves, and that is making the ice almost hilly in some places.
That means even when it does freeze over, it will not be too enjoyable.

“For us to set our bridges on those areas, it’s going to make things a lot more difficult for the club and for the fishermen,” said Engel.

A re-do may be in order.

“I’d like for the wind and the rain to break up all the ice and start over and refreeze again,” he says.

Zero degrees and lower can sometimes add a couple of inches a day.
It is sloppy out there, but it is all up to Mother Nature.

“As soon as we start getting some cold temperatures again, that ice will start forming and we need a foot of ice for our club to put bridges and be safe for vehicle travel,” said Engel.

The DNR advises people to be careful with their vehicles when it does get colder out there.
Any vehicle going through the ice has to be removed within 30 days, or it will result in citations and steep fines.

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