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DNR reminds anglers of ice shanty removal rules

LANSING—The Michigan DNR reminds anglers that the dates for mandatory ice shanty removal are approaching. Anglers are required to remove shanties as soon as the ice is unsafe to hold them, regardless of the date.
    In the Upper Peninsula, shanties must be removed by midnight March 31.
    Persons placing a shanty on Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters shall remove the shanty by midnight March 15.
    After mandatory removal dates, shanties may be placed on the ice on a daily basis, but must be removed daily.
    Shanty owners who allow the structures to fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines of not less than $100 or more than $500 or both.
    If a shanty is removed by a government agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse the government for an amount of up to three times the cost of removals.
    For more information on ice fishing shanty regulations and fishing in Michigan, refer to the Michigan Fishing Guide online at