PORTLAND (WGME) – Maine Wardens have issued a warning, that as lakes and ponds are beginning to freeze, not all of them are safe.
Wardens say getting out on the ice too early is nothing to mess around with.
While we have had a lot of cold, not every lake and pond is safe yet.
Wardens say there's definitely a good base layer on many bodies of water, like Crystal Lake in Gray.
There's already about three to four inches there, strong enough for some ice fishing, but the Warden Service says you should also bring a pick with you to check how stable the ice is before venturing out.
Over on Sebago Lake, it's mostly still open water, we'll need a lot more cold for it to freeze over, and wardens say this time of year is when they end up seeing the most accidents on thin ice.
"These shoulder seasons to the winter are where these problems generally happen,” Corporal John MacDonald said. “They can happen at any point. but when the ice is thinnest and forming, people are anxious to get out."