Meredith derby anglers told to beware of thin ice
Brian Martin and his girlfriend, Heidi McCarter of Meredith, cover their on-ice fire pit outside their bob house on Meredith Bay Tuesday in anticipation of the storm. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)
"There will be some spots where the thin ice is invisible because of the fresh snow," said state Fish and Game Lt. James Goss.
"That is a very bad spot this winter," Goss said. "We want people to stay away from that section of the lake."
A Jan. 5 aerial survey of Lake Winnipesaukee by the New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol revealed treacherous ice conditions on some parts of the lake, including the open water near Welch Island.
Because of the unpredictable ice conditions, it is not advisable to drive vehicles onto the ice, Goss said.
Those on foot should carefully assess ice safety before venturing out by using an ice chisel or auger to determine ice thickness and condition. Continue to do this as you get further out on to the ice because the thickness of the ice will not be uniform all over the water body.
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