When it comes to ice fishing, think safety first. Everyone is chomping at the bit to get out on the frozen ice but we really want to stress safety, shares DWR Outreach Manager Tonja Kieffer. With the warmer weather this fall, the ice isn’t thickening up as quickly as normal. All ice fishermen are urged to check ice before venturing out, especially as the day gets warmer and the edges get thin. “4 inches of ice is safe,” shares Kieffer. “The thicker the ice the more sturdy it is. A lot of Basin waters have not frozen over yet.” Matt Warner Reservoir is reporting great fishing which is always the case at the beginning of the ice fishing season. “The fish are adjusting to the temperatures,” says Kieffer. “Right now when it has just capped will be the best fishing.” The DWR will be hosting ice fishing clinics. For more information and for safety tips, visit www.wildlife.utah.gov.