Once the ice removal dates arrive, you can keep using portable ice fishing shelters daily as long as you feel the ice is safe for travel -- and if you remove their shelters daily and when not actively being used. Permanent shelters, meaning those normally not removed daily from the ice, must be removed from the ice no later than the specified removal date for that water body.
MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Department of Natural Resources is ready to help people with trouble removing ice shanties from frozen lakes.
Wardens say they've taken calls from people who have shanties that are frozen in place in several inches of slush. They say some lakes are covered in thick snow. While there isn't enough time for the DNR to modify laws requiring people to remove their shanties on a particular date, the agency may use discretion in cases where owners are working toward removing their shanties.
If you're having trouble meeting a removal deadline, you're asked to call the department's hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The information you provide would be passed on to a local conservation warden.
Here are the statewide ice shanty removal dates:
•Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters by March 1
•Inland waters south of Highway 64 by March 3
•Inland waters north of Highway 64 and from Lake Michigan, Green Bay and Lake Superior by March 17
•Wisconsin-Michigan boundary waters by March 15
•Wisconsin-Iowa boundary waters by February 20