First fish-house removal deadlines approaching

The first Minnesota fish-house removal deadline of 2010 kicks in
next weekend, then those deadlines come rapid-fire for the next
five weeks. All shelters must be off the ice no later than midnight
for each of the dates given in the following categories.

Inland waters: Dates or removal are determined
by an east-west line formed by U.S. Hwy. 10, east along Hwy. 34 to
Minnesota Hwy. 200, east along Hwy. 200 to U.S. Hwy. 2 to the
Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

South of that line, fish houses must be removed by March 1,
2010. That’s just 24 hours after the inland waters season closes
for walleyes, northern pike, and bass. In the past, ice anglers had
a week or so between the closure and the removal deadline, but with
the legislative extension of the gamefishing season until the end
of February, there’s no gap anymore! North of that line, fish
houses may remain until March 15, 2010.

Border waters deadlines are as follows:

Minnesota-Iowa: Feb. 20

Minnesota-Wisconsin: March 1

Minnesota-North and South Dakota: March 5

Minnesota-Canada: March 31

Meanwhile, south of the border, Iowa has extended its removal
deadline for fish houses on inland waters in northern portion of
the state. Per the Iowa DNR press release below.

Iowa ice shack removal deadline extended north of Hwy.
20

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa DNR has extended the state’s
deadline to remove permanent ice shelters from public waters north
of U.S. Hwy. 20, to Feb. 28. The extension is to allow for shelter
owners to have another weekend to break their houses free and get
them off the ice.

“Hopefully conditions will improve enough to allow people to
remove the shelters,” said Jim Wahl, fisheries supervisor for the
northwest region. “I would encourage them to not wait until the
last minute.”

For public waters south of U.S. Hwy. 20, the Feb. 20 deadline to
remove permanent ice fishing shelters remains in place. Ice shelter
owners should be aware that weather and ice conditions can change
and they should be prepared to remove the permanent ice shelters
from the ice, if a period of unseasonably warm weather
develops.

If a shelter should go through the ice, it is the owner’s
responsibility to remove it from the lake.

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