NH FISH AND GAME OFFICERS WARN OF UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS

by Christian Mower on February 10, 2012

FISH AND GAME OFFICER LT. BOB BRYANT IS WARNING PEOPLE TO USE EXTREME CAUTION BEFORE VENTURING OUT ONTO ICE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE START OF THE MEREDITH ROTARY ICE FISHING DERBY SATURDAY.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAYS DERBY ORGANIZERS WARN THE ICE IS THIN IN SOME AREAS OF THE LAKE. BRYANT SAYS HE’S OBSERVED THINNER CONDITIONS AS WELL.

OFFICERS SAY A RECENT AERIAL SURVEY OF LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE REVEALED TREACHEROUS ICE CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SOME AREAS OF OPEN WATER, OVER MUCH OF NEW HAMPSHIRE’S LARGEST LAKE.

BECAUSE OF THOSE CONDITIONS, OFFICERS ADVISE AGAINST DRIVING VEHICLES ONTO THE ICE – AND RECOMMEND CHECKING ITS CONDITION AND THICKNESS YOURSELF USING AN ICE CHISEL OR AUGER. A RULE OF THUMB: ICE SHOULD BE A MINIMUM OF HALF A FOOT OF HARD ICE FOR FOOT TRAVEL AND 8-10 INCHES OF HARD ICE FOR SNOW MACHINES OR ATVs.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS: STAY OFF CRACKED OR SQUISHY ICE, ESPECIALLY NEAR SHORELINES; WATCH OUT FOR THIN, CLEAR OR HONEYCOMBED ICE; DON’T GATHER IN LARGE GROUPS, AND REMEMBER, SMALL BODIES OF WATER TEND TO FREEZE THICKER WHILE RIVERS AND LAKES ARE MORE PRONE TO WIND, CURRENTS AND WAVE ACTION THAT WEAKEN ICE.

FOR MORE TIPS ABOUT BEING SAFE ON ICE, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.wildnh.com.