DNR warns anglers about ice house removal
Written by Duluth News Tribune   
Sunday, 29 January 2006 06:17

Ice anglers are urged by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to remove their fishing houses while plenty of ice remains, according to a DNR news release.

Warmer-than-normal weather this winter has resulted in less ice than usual, and anglers are advised to remove fish houses early if ice conditions warrant it. When fish houses melt into the ice surface and the ice re-freezes, houses can be difficult to remove.

"Even though (ice) may still be 12 or more inches thick in some locations in the northern part of the state, the quality of the top layer of ice has degraded as far as weight-bearing capability, so you need to check the ice thoroughly every day. Nobody wants to die for a crappie," Tim Smalley, DNR water safety specialist, said in a prepared statement.

Owners are legally responsible for removing their fish houses and any debris left after chopping them out of the ice, according to the news release. Littering penalties can include fines or civil penalties up to $2,000.

According to state law, anglers have until Feb. 28 in the southern half of the state and March 15 in the north before they are required to have their fish houses off the ice. After those dates, houses must be off the ice by midnight each day and not put back on the ice until 6 a.m. the next morning.

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