Fish house-ice deadlines approaching

Ice fishing house deadlines are approaching: March 7 for inland waters south of Highway 200, and March 21 for those inland waters north of Highway 200.

In addition to ensuring shelters are removed by the deadline, DNR conservation officers will be watching closely to make sure people don’t leave trash behind.

Commonly left items include bait, blocking material, bottles, cans, cigarette butts and plastic bags filled with waste.

As wheelhouses have proliferated across the state, there also have been increasing instances of people dumping sewage atop the ice.

After the deadline, fish houses may still be on the ice, but they must be occupied if they’re out between midnight and one hour before sunrise.

Shelters may not be left or stored at public accesses.

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