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Deep Cold Brings Out Ice Fishermen

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's not every day you see someone ice fishing on Lake Springfield.
But that's exactly what KOLR10 photojournalist Lex Smith found Tuesday. 

Take a look at why Riley Beaver said he wanted to give ice fishing a try.

"I am ice fishing for the first time on the ice because it's pretty thick, covered, and see if I can't get a bite. I drilled a little hole, and it's pretty thick. Ice is kind of about that thick; about three to four inches," Beaver explains. 
"Having any luck?" we ask.

"Not yet. I also don't know what I'm doing," Beaver admits. 
"I watched some videos on YouTube. I've got some favorite fishermen, and seeing if I can't just copy what they're doing. 
I'd rather be out here, outside, running around, then sitting on my couch."

Springfield firefighters say it's easy to misjudge icy ponds. 

They warn people to avoid it, but if you do venture out, do what Riley did - make sure the ice is at least four inches thick.


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