We know there are many anxious ice fishermen who want to go fishing as soon as possible, but we want to urge caution at this time of year.
Already this season, we have had reports about people going through the thin ice with the latest report being Monday. This just goes to show caution must outweigh anxiousness.
The cold days have started to come upon us and there has not been much time for the ice to thicken. There still are spots where water can be seen along the shore. This should serve as a warning to the anglers.
The ice also has not formed very far from shore. Mother Nature is working on making it, but it does take time and cold weather for the process to solidify.
We know anglers want to get out there and catch the big one, but we do want you to be able to continue going out. There is nothing worse than falling through the ice and having hypothermia set in. It can be deadly.
We also don't want to see anglers lose expensive equipment or even a shanty to the thin, icy waters. By waiting a few more days, it should not hurt anyone.
So, as the cold weather continues to settle in, take it easy, think smart, and enjoy that big catch when it is safe. It is better to be safe than sorry in cold water.