People should take a length of rope to throw to someone who falls through ice. They also should pack ice spikes to wear around their neck. If they fall in, they can use the spikes to pull themselves out of the water. People should also carry cellphones in a sealed plastic bag to protect them from water.
Sedivec said he has fallen through beaver and muskrat runs before, but luckily the water was not deep. “I’ve seen vehicles go under,” he added.
Sedivec said he is not aware of anyone in Mahaska County falling through ice during the current winter.
“We encourage people to go ice fishing, but to do it safely,” he said. “We always want to error on the side of caution.”
“The fishing has been good around here,” he added.
The Iowa DNR has a fishing report that can be found on its website at iowadnr.gov, Sedivec said. Also, the local bait shop is an excellent source of information regarding ice conditions, he added.