The MNR is reminding anglers enjoying the last of the ice fishing season to stay safe in the field.
An easy way to tell the strength of ice is to check the colouration.
If it’s blue it’s considered strong, if its white or opaque it’s considered weaker.
The MNR says since ice doesn’t form consistently, it’s important to always test thickness with an auger or spud bar before heading out.
As temperatures dip above and below zero more consistently, ice thickness and strength can become compromised.