Ice anglers need to be careful when venturing out for some late season fishing.
The combination of gradually warming temperatures, rain and wind has caused area lake and river ice to deteriorate. Add in the fact that old ice is weaker than new ice and there is a recipe for disaster.
"Never assume the ice is safe," said DNR Recreational Safety Supervisor Rod Slings. "Always test the ice with a spud bar or ice auger before going out on the ice."
Avoid dark or honeycombed ice because that indicates deterioration.
Storm Lake ice is not considered safe for any vehicles from this point on.