Warning Issued For Anglers In OgdensburgPosted: Updated:
There's a warning to ice fisherman in Ogdensburg - the state is telling you to watch out for ice jams.
The Department of Environmental Conservation warns anglers to stay off ice where the Oswegatchie River meets the St. Lawrence River due to an ice jam.
It says flooding is an immediate concern as the temperatures warm up next week.
Four inches of solid ice is usually safe for anglers on foot. However, ice thickness can vary on waterbodies and even on the same waterbody.
Anglers should be particularly wary of areas of moving water and around boat docks and houses where bubblers may be installed to reduce ice buildup.
The presence of snowmobile tracks or footprints on the ice is not evidence of safe ice conditions.
People are strongly encouraged to check ice conditions and avoid situations that appear to present even a remote risk.
The state said testing the thickness of ice can easily be done with an auger or ice spud at various spots.