December 30, 2017 10:57 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Despite temperatures struggling to reach zero Saturday, more than a half dozen ice shanties remained on Fountain Lake in Albert Lea, many of which were filled with fishers hoping to catch the big one.
John Thissen of Rochester and Daniel Parmenter were among those who flocked to the lake, refusing to let subzero temperatures keep them from Thissen's first time on the ice this winter.
"We were out a lot last year, and a little heater, I was in a sweatshirt most of the time," Thissen said. "But now I’m bundled up as tight as I can be trying to stay warm."
Thissen said he believed the ice to be about 8 inches thick, the minimum safe thickness to drive a small vehicle on the lake, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
But the DNR warns ice thickness can vary greatly on the same body of water and those on the lakes should take extra precautions.
Thissen and Parmenter kept warm in a new tent on the lake, complete with a heater while others used trailers parked on the lake. A pair of fishers showed off their trailer, which included satellite television and bunk beds.
So even though the weather can be dangerous when it's this cold, these ice fishers don't mind.
"I love ice fishing. I’d rather do this than open-water fishing," Thissen said.
Updated: December 30, 2017 10:57 PM
Created: December 30, 2017 06:45 PM
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