Ice Conditions May Prompt Early Fishing Shanty Removal
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 05:24:36 EST

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that changing ice conditions could require removal of fishing shanties before required removal dates.

This is a possibility every year, as all shanties must be removed once ice can no longer safely support them. The repeated thawing and refreezing of ice weakens its integrity, decreasing its ability to support additional weight of people, snowmobiles, ORVs and shanties.

Deteriorating ice, water currents and high winds increase the probability of pressure cracks, which can leave anglers and others stranded on ice floes or at risk of falling through the ice.

If ice conditions donít warrant early removal, these are the final dates for shanty removal:

- Shanties in the northern Lower Peninsula must be removed by midnight Sunday, March 15. (Counties include Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Bay, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Gladwin, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Isabella, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montmorency, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon and Wexford.)


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