Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has a few reminders for anglers before heading on to the ice this winter.
Before you leave your house, make sure you tell someone where you’re going, and bring your phone, fully charged.
The department says it’s also a good idea to have ice picks, rope and life jackets.
Additionally, when you set up your shanty to go fishing, make sure there’s at least six inches of ice to support you, but give the area a good look before walking out.
“If you see any sign of open water, it’s best just to leave the ice immediately, find a safe route off, and let somebody know, you know, that there is, you know give somebody a call, ‘You know, I see open water, and you know I’m gonna make my way off the ice,'” said Maj. George Scribner.
The department also recommends to travel with at least one other person, and to walk, instead of driving on to the ice.