South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks presents ice fishing refresher
RAPID CITY S.D. – The ice fishing season in the Black Hills is heating up, and officials with the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks Department are making sure people are prepared on the ice.
Enthusiasts of all ages got a refresher in ice fishing safety on Saturday at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City. Youngsters learned how to make Jiggle Sticks, fishing lures, and also learned the signs of hypothermia.
According to Outdoor Campus Intern Thayne Hage, The Game, Fish and Parks Department holds events like these so hunting and fishing stays a part of the South Dakota identity.
“We’re trying to target the younger generation so they can be more involved with it so we can keep it going,” Hage said. Thy’re both a dying sport; we’re trying to teach that younger generation so they can keep it going.”
Experts say the ice should be at least four inches thick. They remind the public that common sense is the greatest way to prevent ice-accidents.