DNR column: Deadlines approach for ice fishing shelter removal
The first of a number of deadlines for ice anglers to remove permanent ice fishing shelters from inland and boundary waters is upon us.
The deadline is March 1 for Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters.
For inland Wisconsin waters, ice fishing shelters must be removed daily and when not occupied after the first Sunday following March 1 for waters south of Highway 64 and after the first Sunday following March 12 for waters north of Highway 64. For 2019, those dates are:
• Sunday, March 3 for waters south of Highway 64.
• Sunday, March 17 for waters north of Highway 64.
DNR recommends anglers start assessing their shelter removal situation early and make arrangements as necessary with local vendors, friends or others to help them meet the removal deadlines.
Failure to remove a shanty or ice fishing shelter by these deadlines could result in a forfeiture of $263.10. Additional costs may be incurred if the DNR must arrange to have the shanty removed or if the shanty or ice fishing shelter breaks through the ice and must be recovered and disposed of.
After these dates for removing ice fishing shelters from a frozen lake or river, an angler may continue to use a portable shelter but must remove it daily and when it is not occupied or actively being used.
For any questions or to report a violation, call Warden Paul Sickman at 715-684-2914, ext. 120.