DEC warns against ice fishing as strong wind draws near

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The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos urged those who were planning on ice fishing on Lake Erie to stay off the lake entirely due to incoming windstorm on Sunday.

“The approaching storm, which is forecasted to bring rain, snow, and extreme wind, is expected to cause lake levels to rise, which may make ice conditions unsafe,” Commissioner Seggos said.  “As a precautionary measure, we are recommending that people avoid ice fishing on Lake Erie until the storm has passed.”

Commissioner Seggos said that while four inches of solid ice is typically safe for anglers on foot, lake levels that are higher than normal can cause the ice to thin faster, making the ice less able to support weight than normal. 

“The presence of snowmobile tracks or footprints on the ice is not evidence of safe ice conditions,” Commissioner Seggos said. 

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