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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 28, 2014
Contact: Lt. David Malloch, 248-359-9040 or Ed Golder, 517-284-5815
DNR urges caution on St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair
Despite another round of colder temperatures in Michigan, ice on the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair is starting to break up, causing dangerous conditions for anglers, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warned today.
The U.S. Coast Guard has begun ice-breaking activities on the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair, and as recently as last week some anglers fell through the ice on the Detroit River while on their off-road vehicles, according to Lt. Dave Malloch, DNR Law Enforcement Division supervisor for southeast Michigan.
"Even with the colder temperatures, the ice conditions on the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair are changing,” Malloch said. “We urge anglers to use extreme caution when venturing out to ice fish on those bodies of water.”
Malloch also reminded anglers that the deadline for removing ice shanties from Lake St. Clair has passed and that while shanties can still be used, they must be removed from the ice each day.
Ice conditions on a river are always more unstable than on a larger body of water. Ice formed over a river with strong current, or ice covering the bays of the Great Lakes, will always be more fragile, Malloch said.
Deep inland lakes take longer to freeze than shallow lakes. Ice cover on lakes with strong currents or chain-of-lakes systems also is more unpredictable, Malloch added.
The DNR offers the following tips if you are fishing or snowmobiling on the ice: