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.”