Deadlines for Removing Ice Houses Fast Approaching

Deadlines for Removing Ice Houses Fast Approaching

Updated: February 28, 2020 09:15 PM

The Minnesota DNR wants to remind people that deadlines for removing permanent ice houses from nearby lakes is fast approaching.


According to the DNR, anglers in the southern two-thirds of Minnesota have until the end of the day on Monday, March 2nd to remove their permanent ice fishing houses and anglers in the northern one-third of the state have until Monday, March 16.

The DNR says the northern and southern parts of the state are split by a line that runs west-east along 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.

People are still welcome to fish by walking on foot or traveling by snowmobile or car at their discretion. But, the DNR reminds people to chek the ice prior to doing so and permanent houses must be removed.

Anglers who miss the deadline face a $140 fine and additional penalties covering the state's cost to remove the shelter.

“It’s a good time of year to do it too cause it’s starting to warm up a little bit and you know, houses tend to freeze up on the ice a little bit,” Clinton Jones, employee at Outdoor Advantage said.

Jones also pointed out common items left behind that can result in other fines.

“Garbage on the ice and blocks is a big thing. You know, a lot of people use blocks for their ice house, you know maybe insulation down to the ice, but you’ve got to make sure you get all that stuff off there. They consider that garbage and that can get you a ticket too. Plus it’s bad for the environment, bad for everybody else,” Jones said.

Another deadline to pay attention to is February 29th. This is the last day a 2019 fishing license will be valid. Come March 1st, a 2020 fishing license will be required for anglers.

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