DNR Announces Ice Fishing Shanty Removal Deadlines

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Deadlines are approaching for anglers to remove shanties from ice-covered waters.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says structures on Lake St. Clair must go by sunset on Sunday.

Other deadlines include midnight on March 1 for the southern Lower Peninsula, and midnight of March 15 for the northern Lower Peninsula and waters along the Michigan-Wisconsin boundary.

For the remainder of the Upper Peninsula, it's midnight on March 31.

After the mandatory removal dates, ice shanties may still be used but must be removed daily.

Owners whose shanties fall through the ice could get up to 30 days in jail and be fined up to $500. If a government agency has to retrieve a shanty, the owner could be required to reimburse three times the cost.

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