FARGO — Biologists with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department are hopeful the upcoming dip into subzero temperatures across the region will give anglers the ice conditions they need to safely go out on lakes.

Fargo-based Game and Fish representative Doug Leier said ice conditions are spotty across North Dakota largely because of the late December snowstorm that dumped about a foot of snow across the Red River Valley, insulating the lake ice.

"From a safety standpoint, we need to make more firm ice, and going deep below zero is exactly what we need," Leier said. "We're crossing our fingers and hoping we can make some better ice to make our ice fishing a little bit safer moving forward through the winter."

Leier said from what he's heard, people who are actually able to fish are having a lot of success. The problem has been getting out.

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