Early season ice always presents concerns, according to Jeff Dauterman, a DNR recreational safety warden at Antigo.
Dauterman says fishermen are anxious to get out there and take some risks. He says there are many reports this time of year of people falling through. Dauterman suggests rethinking your plans if going out on the ice requires you to take steps such as putting boards down to redistribute your weight.
Dauterman says ice thickness varies, and can be several inches in one spot and very thin just a few feet away.
Those venturing onto ice need to prepare as if they might fall through. That includes wearing clothing that include personal flotation equipment or carrying it with you. Have some rope along so you can aide a companion if they go through. Some ice picks in your pocket will also help you to get out.