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Fish house deadine coming or has passed: Clean up your garbage

A pile of junk lies out on Fish Hook Lake from a fish house that either blew over or was vandalized. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

BY Sarah smith

As the deadlines for removing fish houses and portable shelters from state lakes and waterways are rapidly approaching, authorities are reminding anglers to clean up your junk.

A huge pile of lumber from a damaged or vandalized fish house mars the landscape on Fish Hook Lake.

Hubbard County Sheriff Cody Aukes said DNR and local officials are trying to determine whose mess the house is, to get them to clean it up.

“People need to clean up after themselves,” he said. Whether the mess is caused by debris in a fish house or debris on the ice from fishing, it needs to go.

Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier if ice conditions warrant.

Dates of removal are determined by a west-to-east line basically from Moorhead to Duluth. Shelters south of this line should have been removed no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 2. That means if your fish house is still on the ice, it’s past time to move it or lose it.

There were numerous fish houses on the ice in that range, but the DNR is giving anglers grace time from the cold.

Shelters north of this line must be removed no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16.

Exceptions are Minnesota-Canada border waters (March 31), Minnesota-South Dakota and North Dakota border waters (March 5), and Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters (March 1).

DNR officials say if shelters are not removed, owners will be prosecuted and structures may be confiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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