MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that the remaining 2022 ice shanty removal deadlines are approaching.
Permanent ice shanties, or those not removed daily, must be removed from all state waters by the upcoming deadlines:
- Wisconsin – Iowa boundary waters by Feb. 20
- Wisconsin – Minnesota boundary waters by March 1
- Inland waters south of Highway 64 by the first Sunday following March 1
- Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Lake Superior and inland waters north of Highway 64 by the first Sunday following March 12
- Wisconsin – Michigan boundary waters by March 15
One exception to this rule is that on the Fox River, downstream from the De Pere dam in Brown County, ice fishing shelters must always be removed when not in use.
Owners having difficulties removing their shanty should seek help from their local fishing club, vendors and other anglers.
Anglers can continue to use portable ice shanties after these dates, so long as they are removed from the ice when they are not actively in use and at the end of each day.
The removal deadlines are to ensure shanties are removed and to avoid the additional costs and hazards of shanties breaking through the ice.
As these deadlines approach, it’s important to remember that no ice is ever 100% safe. The DNR does not monitor ice conditions, so anglers should check with local fishing clubs and bait shops for current ice conditions.
The public should report any shanty owners not taking responsibility for removing their shanty to the DNR Violation Hotline online or by calling or texting 1-800-TIP-WNDR or 1-800-847-9367.