- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - State officials are urging anglers to be cautious while ice fishing in South Dakota.

The state’s Game, Fish and Parks Department says mild temperatures and snow cover have made for “unwinter-like” conditions on most of South Dakota’s lakes, rivers and streams.

John Lott is the department’s fisheries administrator. He says “repeated freezing and thawing have made for poor ice and open areas on many of our lakes.”

Officials say it takes at least two inches to support an angler, at least six inches to support an ice shack and more than a foot to support a vehicle.

Lott says anglers should test ice conditions as they proceed in their adventure. He says six-inch ice conditions near the shore don’t guarantee the same ice thickness across the lake.

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