DNR reminds anglers of ice shanty removal dates, which are fast approaching

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 12:53:23-05

WISCONSIN (NBC 26) — Officials remind anglers that ice shanty removal deadlines are approaching fast in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said permanent ice shanties, meaning the ones not removed daily, must be taken off all state waters by March 15, 2021. However, there are earlier deadlines for inland and boundary waters, such as:

  • Wisconsin and Iowa boundary waters - remove by Feb. 20, 2021
  • Wisconsin and Minnesota boundary waters - remove by March 1, 2021
  • Inland waters south of Highway 64 - remove by March 7, 2021
  • Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Lake Superior and inland waters north of Highway 64 - remove by March 14, 2021
  • Wisconsin and Michigan boundary waters - remove by March 15, 2021

The DNR clarified that anglers can continue to use portable ice shanties after these dates so long as they are removed from the ice when not actively in use and at the end of each day.

According to the DNR, it is important to remember that no ice is ever 100% safe and to check with local fishing clubs and bait shops for current ice conditions.

The DNR said owners having difficulties removing their shanty should seek help from their local fishing club, vendors and other anglers.

The public should report any shanty owners not taking responsibility for removing their shanty to the DNR Violation Hotline by calling or texting 1-800-TIP-WNDR (1-800-847-9367).