As fishing holes freeze over, anglers are being reminded of safe practices when dropping a line on the ice.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says those planning an ice fishing trip should follow these guidelines:
• stay off the ice unless it is at least 4 inches thick;
• carry and rope and/or flotation device for assistance if someone falls through the ice; and
• wear a personal floatation device or life jacket when out on the ice and when fishing from shore.
More information about ice fishing and safety guidelines are available at http://www.ifishillinois.org/programs/ice.