January 10, 2020 - 3:48 pm - Posted in News

Spirit Lake, Iowa — Use caution if you’re going to be on the lakes enjoying winter activities like ice fishing this weekend. That’s from the Iowa DNR.

Mike Hawkins, Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist says that ice conditions vary among northwest Iowa lakes, and are poorer south of our area.

But he says even around here, be prepared for ice conditions to vary, and test the ice in front of you.

Since West Lake Okoboji is a little more variable, he gives us some specifics.

He tells us no car or pickup traffic is safe at this time, and he’d even use extreme caution with ATVs. Hawkins says whenever you’re on the ice, carry your picks on a rope and always wear a life jacket or floatation device.

Caption: An example of what is NOT safe at this time, according to Hawkins.

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