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Whether you are venturing out locally or in another part of the state or country, DNR officials are reminding ice hunters to be very safe this year.
 
DNR Conservation Sargent John Williamson indicates the ice fishing this time of the year at Clinton Lake can be very popular, especially if it is as cold as it is this week.
 
 
While waterways will freeze from the shoreline out, they thaw from the middle-inward. Williamson cautions if you plan to venture out towards the middle of a pond or lake, you need to be very careful.
 
 
Williamson indicates, a calm, cool freeze is the best conditions for water freeze. He notes Clinton Lake has a couple areas that are usually frozen.
 
 
Williamson encourages ice fisherman to take an ice pick, ice auger and take a life jacket. He says you can't take enough safety precautions when ice fishing. 

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