Maine wardens warn fishermen they’re on thin ice

Fishermen should avoid lakes and ponds unless they can be certain the ice is thick enough by using a chisel or an auger, the warden service said.

In this March 9th, 2019 photo, Xavier Belanger, 11, of Moscow, Maine carves a path on Wyman Lake as his family ice fishes.
In this March 9th, 2019 photo, Xavier Belanger, 11, of Moscow, Maine carves a path on Wyman Lake as his family ice fishes. –(Jessica Rinaldi / Globe Staff)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Warden Service is warning fishermen to use extreme caution on the ice as the state enters the final days of the ice fishing season.

Fishermen should avoid lakes and ponds unless they can be certain the ice is thick enough by using a chisel or an auger, the warden service said. Fishermen should also remember that ice seldom freezes uniformly and thickness can vary greatly from one location to the next, the service said.

Ice fishing shacks and structures must also be removed by March 31 or sooner depending on conditions and local rules.

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