Even with winter still in full swing, deadline for fish house removal looms

February 28, 2019 06:26 PM

The winter weather gripping Minnesota seems to show no signs of letting up soon.

But anglers are already closing in on the deadlines to remove their fish houses from lakes.


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the deadline for structures to be off the ice in the southern two-thirds of the state is the end of the day Monday. The deadline for structures in the northern third of the state is the end of the day on March 18.

DNR Conservation Officer Alexander Birdsall was scheduled to be out on Lake Waconia Thursday, checking in with anglers and explaining shelter removal regulations.

He was also expected to address potential issues, especially weather-related obstacles to removal like high snow drifts and fish houses frozen in.

"Anglers are responsible for removing their shelters by the deadline, so they need to plan ahead and make sure they can do it," Birdsall said in a statement contained in a release. "There's no way around the fact that it will be challenging for many people to remove their fish houses this year, given the sheer amount of snow that fell in February."

According to a release, the March 4 deadline applies to lakes south of an east-west line formed by U.S. Highway 10, east along Highway 34 to Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to Highway 2 and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

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