DNR Reminds Anglers of Looming Ice Shanty Removal Deadlines

Ice anglers, you don't have much time to get your shanties off area lakes and rivers despite the cold weather. Shanties have to be off Wisconsin-Minnesota boundary waters by Saturday already. They have to be off inland waters south of Highway 64 by Monday. You have until March 17th to remove shanties from inland waters north of Highway 64.

As those deadlines get closer, anglers are running into a big problem. They can't remove their shanties because they're stuck on the ice. They're also having a hard time understanding why the DNR doesn't just extend the deadline.

Keith Syring owns Riverside Bait & Tackle in Schofield and is an avid angler. He tells NewsChannel 7 this season has been extremely slow thanks to record breaking low temperatures and snoowfall amounts. He says the ice base on the Eau Claire River by his store is still about three feet thick. That's why he's surprised the DNR didn't push back the ice shanty removal deadline.

"People are disappointed that they have to have their shacks off right away," He said. "The season is going to be definitely long this year. There would be probably another few weeks easily they could have their shacks out, but the DNR is the law so people have to pull them off. It's unfortunate and there's been some grumbling. People like to go fishing."

In a news release, the Chief Warden for the Wisconsin DNR says there wasn't enough time to modify the law before the deadline removal dates.

Because of the extra snowfall and ice we've experienced this year, if you have to move your shanty off the water you're going to want to give yourself extra time. If you get stuck, the DNR encourages you to call their hotline at 1-800-847-9367 and let them know. Local Conservation Wardens say they will use discretion in enforcing the deadline.

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