Ice Fishing Shelter Removal Dates fast Approaching

Deadlines for removing fish houses, dark houses and portable shelters from state waterways are fast approaching. 

According to the Minnesota DNR, dates to remove the ice fishing houses are determined by an east-west line formed by Highway 10, east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. highway 2, and east along highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. 

Shelters located south of the line must be removed by the end of the day on March 7. 

Shelters located north of the line must be removed by the end of the day on March 21. 

There are some exceptions to the rule. Ice fishing houses on Minnesota-Canada border waters have until March 31; Minnesota-Iowa border waters until February 20, Minnesota-South Dakota and North Dakota border waters have until March 5 and Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters have until March 1. 

Anglers who do not remove their ice shelters may face charges and their structures will be confiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer. 

After the removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied. Storing or leaving shelters on a public access is prohibited. 

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