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People planning to do some fishing in New York during the winter are being reminded to be careful when heading out on the ice.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation warns anglers that ice thickness can vary on every body of water.

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Officials say those who'll be going fishing should be especially wary in areas of moving water.

Special caution also is advised around docks and near houses where equipment may have been installed to reduce ice buildup.

Experts say footprints or snowmobile tracks on ice should not be viewed as an assurance of safe conditions.

Ice thickness may be determined with an auger or an ice spud.

Special ice fishing regulations for specific counties may be viewed on the DEC website.