Jeff Dauterman

The ice recently left the lakes and rivers and next weekend is the opening of fishing in Wisconsin. A DNR recreational safety warden hopes people heading out onto the water think about the cold water.

Warden Jeff Dauterman in Antigo says there is a simple way to protect yourself should you go overboard...

"...the life jacket is the big thing and not just having it available. You really need to have it on. People don't last if they have a sudden immersion into cold water. Many times you witness people who come up once then go down...."

Joisey Shawaa

Intrepid ice fishermen are already hitting the frozen lakes.  But unstable conditions can make it dangerous. 

Antigo DNR Recreational safety warden Jeff Dauterman says ice thickness can vary even within the same lake…and visual checks are not reliable. 

“You got ice out there, once there’s some snow on it you don’t know if it’s once inch thick or two feet thick.  It can vary that much within a single lake. So you’ve always got to remain cautious.”