Ice fishing turns angling into a year-round sport. But that doesn’t mean it is always safe to ice fish this time of year.
Alternating warm and cold weather can create challenging conditions for ice anglers and others winter recreating on Montana's lakes and reservoirs.
Ice on a lake is one of the least forgiving of natural features. It is important to know the body of water that you plan to fish; or to go with someone who knows that water and how ice tends to form on it and change there.
For information on what to do if you go through ice on a lake or river, go to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Web site at fwp.mt.gov on the Recreation page and click Stay Safe Outdoors.
Here are some important reminders for ice anglers.