Friday, February 17, 2012

Just About Time to Yank Fish Houses

Deadlines for removing fish houses, dark houses and portable shelters from state waterways are rapidly approaching, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier if ice conditions warrant. Mild winter weather is causing ice conditions to deteriorate rapidly across much of Minnesota.

Shelters located south of Minnesota Highway 200 and U.S. Highway 2, including the Brainerd Lakes Area, must be removed no later than midnight, March 5.

Shelters located north of Minnesota Highway 200 and U.S. Highway 2 must be removed no later than midnight, March 19.

The DNR says if shelters are not removed, owners will be prosecuted and structures may be confiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer.

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.

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