March 18 deadline approaches for ice fishing shelter removal
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds ice anglers in northwestern Minnesota of ice shelter removal dates on lakes located north of an east-west line formed by U.S. Highway 10 at the Minnesota-North Dakota border, east along Highway 34 to Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along U.S. Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.
Dark houses, fish houses and portable shelters must be off the ice of inland lakes no later than midnight on March 18. For Minnesota–Canada border waters, the deadline for removal is March 31. Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier if ice conditions warrant.
Enforcement action will be taken if shelters are left after the deadline. Those anglers who don’t remove their shelter can be prosecuted. Conservation officers may remove the structure and confiscate or destroy it. It is also unlawful to store or leave a shelter at a public access.
“Anglers should also remove any refuse or litter from the lake,” said Capt. James Dunn, DNR enforcement division. “Wood blocks used to support a shelter or any type of anchoring device needs to be removed.”
After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended.
It is unlawful to improperly dispose of ice fishing shacks anywhere in the state. Anglers should check with local refuse providers or landfills for disposal of unwanted items.