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There are several bodies of water that offer Utah anglers the chance to get out and ice fish; many are only a short drive from the Salt Lake Valley. If you've never experienced the thrill and joy of being on the ice, now would be a great time to start. But you should always think about safety first.
While ice is never 100 percent safe, you should always use caution when ice fishing. Our question tonight is, what is considered "safe" ice?
The rule of thumb is; 4 inches if you're on foot. 5-7 inches if you're on a snowmobile or atv. Remember, it's difficult to judge the strength of ice by just appearance... Age, temperature and thickness are only a few factors because ice rarely freezes uniformly... It may be a couple of feet thick where you're standing, but only an inch or two thick just a few feet away. Always do some research before heading out.