Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources advises anglers that the deadline for removing fish houses, dark houses and portable shelters on the state's waterways are approaching due to the mild winter.
Shelters that are located south of Minnesota Highway 200 and U.S. Highway 2 must be removed no later than midnight on March 5th.
For shelters that are located north of Minnesota Highway 200 and U.S. Highway 2 also must be removed no later than midnight on March 19th.
The Minnesota-Canada border waters removal date is March 31st, the Minnesota-Iowa border waters is February 20th, Minnesota-South Dakota and North Dakota borders is March 5th and the Minnesota-Wisconsin water borders is March 1st.
After the removal dates, shelters can remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied.
DNR officials says that if shelters are not removed, owners will be prosecuted and structures may be prosecuted and structures could be confiscated and removed, or destroyed.
Col. Jim Konrad, the DNR's Enforcement Division director, recommends checking ice thickness before stepping onto a frozen pond, lake or river.
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