Ice-fishing, while enjoyable, can also be dangerous. Here are some ice-fishing safety tips for those lucky enough to fish all year-round!
- Wear creepers. These spiked shoes will keep you from slipping and falling on the ice.
- Carry two picks to help pull your way out of the water if you fall through the ice. Once you spike your way out or are pulled out, don't stand. Roll across the ice in the direction you came from.
- Carry a buoyant seat cushion. It will add to your seating comfort while fishing and give you something that floats to throw to someone who has fallen through the ice.
- Keep your auger covered. The blades are sharp and can easily cut you.
- Spray vegetable oil on your auger and snowshoes. Snow won't stick, and you won't cut yourself when cleaning off the snow.
Work should not be so pressing as to prevent a day's fishing through the ice.
–The Old Farmer's Almanac, 1910
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