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New York Ice Fishermen Urged to Clear Fishing Shacks by Mid-March

If you’ve ice fished from a shack in New York, that shack better be off the water by March 15.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminded anglers that ice fishing shacks needed to be removed from frozen water bodies by March 15, 2015.

This is a safety precaution, as shanties that sink partially as the ice melts become harder and harder to remove. And of course, if ice shacks are left until after ice out, they can be an underwater hazard to boats even if they’ve disappeared from view.

It’s important to remember that the March 15 date was determined in advance, and is based on historical New York ice out dates, not the actual thickness of the ice. Despite the fact that the ice may seem thick enough ice to keep a shack on for a few more days, the DEC has set the hard deadline.

Penalties for not following through can include tickets and fines of up to $100.

New York Ice Fishermen Urged to Clear Fishing Shacks by Mid-March