Ice fishers take note - your ice house or shanty will need to be removed from the lake if you’re not using it after March 15.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has several dates for ice fishers when it comes to vacant ice houses.
All ice fishing shelters, when not in daily use, must be removed from Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Green Bay and all other inland waters north of Highway 64 by the first Sunday following March 12. All inland waters south of Highway 64 were to be removed by March 1.
Sarah Hoye of the WDNR explained in an email to the Sentinel, ice houses can be used after the removal date, but they must be in use.
“People can still use a shanty on a daily basis, but have to be in it,” Hoye said. “You can’t set it up, leave to grab lunch and come back four hours later.”
Wisconsin boundary water ice shelters were supposed to be removed from the Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters by Feb. 20. Boundary water ice houses with Michigan are set to be removed by March 15 and with Minnesota on March 1.
In Minnesota, the DNR says ice houses need to be removed from inland waters across the southern two-thirds of the state on March 2. On March 16, the northern one-third of the state.
Dates of removal are determined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Hwy. 10, east along Hwy. 34 to Minnesota Hwy. 200, east along Hwy. 200 to U.S. Hwy. 2, and east along Hwy. 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border,” according to the Minnesota DNR. “After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended. Storing or leaving shelters on a public access is prohibited.”