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Warmer Weather Hurts Lake Ice Conditions

Colder temperatures on the way is good news for people who want to ice fish.
MALLETTS BAY, Vt. - Colder temperatures on the way is good news for people who want to ice fish.

That's because it should help improve the ice conditions on lakes and ponds.

Now before the warm stretch, game wardens say the ice on Malletts Bay was looking good. In some places, it was more than a foot deep.

But the warm temperatures have taken a toll.

"If you're headed out to go ice fishing or ice skating, things like that, be safe. Be cognizant of where you are. Check the ice conditions. Maybe, one thing you can do is bring a hand held drill, power drill with a long bit on it. Somebody who doesn't have an auger and they can see how thick the ice is," says Robert Currier, Vermont Fish & Wildlife game warden.

Game wardens suggest four to six inches of ice for it to be safe for walking. You'll need at least eight to ten inches for an ATV or snowmobile.

They warn no amount of ice is 100-percent safe for cars.
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