Wis. DNR: Ice fishing shelters must be removed overnight

Use of shelters still allowed, but must be packed up at end of the day

Spring is coming soon, and that means it’s time for fishers to start packing up their ice shelters.

As of March 1st, anglers can no longer leave shanties on the ice overnight. People who are ice fishing can still use a shelter, but have to pack them up at the end of the day.

The Wisconsin DNR says even though it seems early to tell fishers to pack up, the rules are in place to keep everyone safe.

“This is the time of year where the ice is unpredictable,” said Ed McCann, a conservation warden with the Wisconsin DNR, “It starts to go out pretty quickly. We’ve all seen it on the river where one day there’s plenty of ice, and then we get a couple of days of thawing and that ice erodes pretty quickly underneath the current.”

While there’s no deadline for using ice fishing shelters altogether, the DNR urges using common sense once the weather gets warmer.