When it comes to ice fishing, staying warm might test your patience, but the activity is definitely worth a try for those willing to brave it.

Sibley Lake and Lake DeSmet provide easy access from Sheridan for ice fishers. With a wide array of well-kept secrets and some longer drives, there are plenty of opportunities to try the popular winter activity in the area.

When it comes to treading on ice, safety is always important.

“Ice conditions often fluctuate throughout the winter months as water levels in lakes and reservoirs change, and freezing and thawing weather patterns come and go and can contribute to unstable ice conditions,” according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Four inches of clear ice is usually safe for fishing, according to the WGFD, and they recommend that ice be checked every 100 to 150 feet.

Ice on rivers, in particular, can prove dangerous as moving water underneath can change conditions quickly. For this reason, the state recommends that anglers stay off rivers.

Other recommendations from the WGFD include not driving ATVs or vehicles on the ice and always fishing with a buddy. Always bring a floatation device and an ice pick in case you fall in.

Be sure to get your fishing license and stamp before heading out on any fishing adventure.