By ROBERT S. MERRILL
With fairly warm temperatures the past two weeks and expected further warming, fishing enthusiasts need to be extremely careful about ice conditions on area reservoirs.
Korey Owens, local fish and game officer, said he checked conditions on Johnson Reservoir, east of Preston, on Thursday.
“The anglers we checked said there were two inches of ice at the surface, then some water and then another layer of ice,” he said. “Warmer weather that is expected will soften ice, if that has not already occurred.
“Irrigation companies are now putting water into most reservoirs for the spring irrigating season. As a result, there may be open water around the edges of the impoundments, making access to ice sheets a little tricky.”
Owens said the watchword is for anglers, or anyone who ventures out onto the ice, to be extremely cautious. This is especially true at Foster and Glendale reservoirs where the overflow from Preston City’s water system enters.
“Even in really cold weather, ice in these locations on these reservoirs can be suspect,” said Owens.
Recently two snowmobiles and their riders broke through the ice at Hyrum Reservoir on the south end of Cache Valley. The riders are okay, but their machines are still resting at the bottom of the reservoir.
There are ways to assist in gauging the potential safety of ice, such as observing its color, testing its thickness and being aware of external factors such as temperature, local conditions and local knowledge.
Officials list several steps to make an outing on the ice less dangerous. They include:
• Recognize ice will never be completely safe.
• Dress in full cold-weather attire and wear some form of flotation device.
• Carrying an icepick.
• Recognize determining the safety of ice is dependent on a combination of factors, not on one factor alone.
• Learn the thickness safety margins of ice.
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