Take Precautions When Visiting The Lake This Spring
As temperatures rise into the upper 60s and 70s visitors at Enid Lake once again begin to experience spring fever. Campgrounds have started to fill with campers getting away from the everyday hustle and bustle, and the boat ramps are packed with excited fishermen in search of a limit of crappie.
Even though the crappie spawn is still a few weeks away, anglers have already begun pursuing this highly sought after delicacy. All anglers should know a perfect spring day on the water can turn hazardous and tragic in a blink of an eye. Anglers should always practice water safety, and take every precaution to return home safe to their family and loved ones. The Enid Lake Staff would like to remind all anglers and boaters to practice safety first while fishing and boating this spring.
A few safety tips that boaters and anglers should keep in mind include:
• First and foremost, do not ever think “something can’t happen to me”, and always wear your personal floatation device (PFD) while fishing and boating. Remember, IT WON’T WORK IF YOU DON’T WEAR IT.
• As with all sports there are many hazards associated with spring fishing. Associated hazards include: low water, cold water, high winds, thunderstorms, and sudden changes in temperature.
Boaters and anglers should be aware of these hazards and take every precaution to avoid them. Some helpful tips to remember while planning your next excursion include: always check the local forecast in the area you will be visiting and keep an eye on approaching storms and weather fronts. Boaters are also reminded of life jacket requirements.
All persons must wear a Type I, II, or III US Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while swimming outside of designated swimming areas.
• All persons must wear a Type I, II, or III US Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while skiing or being pulled by a vessel, regardless of vessel length.
• All persons must wear a Type I, II, or III US Coast Guard-approved life jacket on powered vessels 16 to 26 feet in length whenever under power by the main propulsion unit. (This does not include when the vessel is stationary or powered by a trolling motor.
•All persons must wear a Type I, II, or III US Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times on powered vessels less than 16 feet in length or on non-powered vessels, regardless of length.