March 17, 2009
Waterbury, VT – Ice fishing has been excellent in recent weeks, but the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging anyone venturing onto the ice to use extreme caution.
“Ice conditions are deteriorating fast,” said Colonel David LeCours, Vermont’s chief game warden. “Ice is melting, water is warming and ice is moving away from shore in some places, so we are asking people going fishing to be extra careful. Conditions can change hourly, so keep an eye on the conditions around you.”
At the same time, in response to the warming water and longer days, many fish such as bluegill, crappie, yellow perch and northern pike are moving into the shallows as they get ready to spawn.
LeCours says if you are going ice fishing, don’t go alone, carry a cell phone, a floatation vest, ice spikes to pull yourself out, leave your motor vehicle on shore, and check ice thickness as you go.
“We like to see people enjoying a good fishing experience,” added LeCours, “but we are very concerned about everyone staying safe.”
LeCours also offered a reminder that ice shanties must be removed from the ice before the ice becomes unsafe or loses its ability to support them, or before the last Sunday in March, the 29th this year, whichever comes first.
Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: March 17, 2009 08:20:06