With a wide range of ice conditions throughout Wisconsin, state recreational safety specialists are asking anglers to consider removing their ice fishing shelters prior to established deadlines.
For inland Wisconsin waters, ice fishing shelters must be removed by the first Sunday following March 12 for waters north of Highway 64.
The priority is safely getting the shanties removed and depending upon conditions, it may be best not to wait until the legal deadlines.
Shanties break through the ice and become boating hazards in the spring and summer. They also cause dangerous and unsightly shoreline litter.
After these dates for removing ice fishing shelters from a frozen lake or river, an angler may continue to use a portable shelter but must remove it daily and when it is not occupied or actively being used.