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Published November 26, 2013, 07:50 PM

Devils Lake covered in ice but fishing experts warn that ice is still too thin to head out

It's an exciting sight for anglers in the lake region, Devils Lake finally covered in ice. But fishing experts warn that ice season isn't heating up yet just because the water has cooled. Devils Lake is almost completely frozen, thanks to a cold snap this weekend, but the ice is still way too thin to head out on to just yet.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

It's an exciting sight for anglers in the lake region, Devils Lake finally covered in ice. But fishing experts warn that ice season isn't heating up yet just because the water has cooled. Devils Lake is almost completely frozen, thanks to a cold snap this weekend, but the ice is still way too thin to head out on to just yet.

The ice is about two inches thick on the main lake. North Dakota Game and Fish says you need at least four inches of ice to safely support a person.

Game and Fish says it will take at least another week, and possibly longer, before the ice will be able to safely support someone. But local guide "big" John Adams says there have been a few reports of people venturing out onto the lake to fish. He says he's waiting until the ice is thicker before he goes out on the lake, let alone guide anyone else.

John Adams, Big John's Guide Service said, "When I go out I want to make sure number one that my customers are happy and safe. Safety is such an important thing. I learned a long time ago to respect that water, respect that ice."

Adams says it's important to take safety gear like ice picks and life jackets when you do go out on the ice, regardless of how thick it is. Adams says once ice fishing season does start the lake will be a busy place. He says he's already more than half booked up through January

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