A Sign of Spring, Deadline to Remove Fish Houses Arrives

Updated: 03/03/2014 11:09 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 4:02 PM
By: Todd Wilson

The deadline for anglers to remove fish houses from lakes in the southern two-thirds of the state was 11:59 p.m. Monday. But this year, moving a fish house is easier said than done.

A cold winter has cemented some houses into the ice, requiring hours of prying, chiseling and pulling to remove them.

A KSTP crew caught up with DNR Conservation Officer Brent Grewe as he headed out on Lake Minnetonka. 

Grewe was reminding anglers that it's time to remove their fish houses. Lately he's been checking on houses that are still left on the lake if it looks like there hasn't been any activity around them. "We're checking DNR numbers, we're checking to make sure they have everything, finding some way to get that house off the lake," he said.  

Grewe said he saw a lot of people getting their trucks stuck in the slush and the ice.

John Haley was trying to get in as much fishing as possible before he moved his house. He told KSTP he won't have any problems getting his house to shore. "I own my own snow plow and four wheel truck and I have four tire chains," he said. 

Grewe covers 600 square miles in Hennepin and Carver County, which includes 40 lakes to oversee.

Houses left on the lakes will eventually be removed by the DNR and the owners will be fined.

All fish houses in the top third of the state need to be removed by March 17.


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