If your ice shanty is still on Lake St. Clair near Detroit, you could have a problem.
Shanties were supposed to be removed from the lake by sunset, Feb. 21, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
For counties in southern Lower Michigan, shanties have to be off the ice by sundown March 1.
In the northern area of the Lower Peninsula, the deadline is midnight on March 15. Those counties include:
- Grand Traverse
- Presque Isle
The same deadline is in effect for ice shanties on Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters.
In the Upper Peninsula, ice anglers have until March 31 to remove their shanties
Now, if there’s still ice, the DNR says you can take your shanty out to ice fish. You just have to remove it from the ice when you leave, every day.
The DNR adds that no matter what the removal date, shanties must be removed as soon as the ice is unable to safely hold them.
There can be stiff consequences if anglers fail to remove shanties by the deadlines. If a shanty has to be removed, an angler could end up having to reimburse the government agency up to three times the cost of removal.
If a shanty falls through the ice, the owner could be fined $100 to $500, face up to 30 days in jail or both.