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Man dies while ice fishing in Adair County

Published: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 8:54 a.m. CDT

A Menlo man died Friday after falling through the ice while ice fishing in Adair County.

James Alan Wallace, 62, was reportedly ice fishing at a private farm pond approximately six miles southwest of Menlo in north central Adair County Friday afternoon. Family reported Wallace missing to the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office after he failed to return home after ice fishing.

A search ensued and an Adair County sheriff’s deputy located Wallace’s vehicle near a farm pond. Shortly thereafter, Wallace was spotted in the water. Wallace was pulled from the water by rescue personnel and pronounced dead at the scene by the Adair County Medical Examiner.

No fishing week

A free youth ice fishing clinic slated for Saturday at Green Valley State Park was cancelled. The event was co-sponsored by Iowa Department of Natural Resources and High Lakes Outdoor Alliance (HLOA).

Corey Carlton, DNR conservation officer who coordinated the inaugural event along with HLOA volunteers, said safety concerns led to the decision. Carlton and High Lakes Outdoor Alliance are advising ice fishermen to stay off the ice on southwest Iowa ponds and lakes this week.

“The wind and above-freezing temperatures will act like a hairdryer this week,” said Doug Jones of HLOA. “Those conditions will deteriorate the ice. You could probably go out on the ice this week, take the risk and catch some fish, but would it be a good idea? I don’t think so.”

Jones recommends all fishermen stay off the ice this week. In future weeks, Jones said make sure you contact your county conservation officer for an ice conditions report and as always, HLOA advises fishermen “make sure to wear a life preserver and test, test, test” every time you’re on the ice.

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