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MN DNR: Deadline to Remove Ice Houses on Monday, March 4

MN DNR: Deadline to Remove Ice Houses on Monday, March 4 Photo: MN DNR.

March 02, 2019 06:50 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Officials are reminding anglers about the deadline to remove their fish or ice houses from state waters is the end of the day Monday, March 4.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sent out a statement this week. DNR said, “record snowfall has created tough conditions on many lakes.”

The agency is telling fishermen who still have ice structures on inland waters to remove their shelters to make sure they meet the deadline, “Anglers are responsible for removing their shelters by the deadline, so they need to plan ahead and make sure they can do it,” said DNR Conservation Officer Alexander Birdsall, who patrols the Waconia area. “There’s no way around the fact that it will be challenging for many people to remove their fish houses this year, given the sheer amount of snow that fell in February.”

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The Minnesota DNR announced that the March 4 deadline applies “to lakes south of an east-west line formed by U.S. 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. The deadline north of that line is the end of the day Monday, March 18.”

Officials say fish house owners should contact a local snowplow company or ask the help of friends and family if they encounter difficulty moving the ice houses. Anglers are also urged not to leave anything on the ice when they move their shelters to shore.

MN DNR warns any shelters that remain on inland waters may be “confiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer.” Owners may also be prosecuted. They may not be left or stored at public accesses.

Exceptions to the removal deadlines are Minnesota-Canada border waters (March 31), Minnesota-South Dakota and North Dakota border waters (March 5), Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters (March 1) and Minnesota-Iowa border waters (Feb. 20).

For more information on the deadlines go to mndnr.gov/fishing/shelter.html.  

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