Think Safety First with Ice Fishing

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


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.