LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Ice anglers who have shanties on Michigan waterways are approaching a deadline for removing them.
The deadline is midnight on March 15 in the northern Lower Peninsula and March 31 at midnight in the Upper Peninsula. But the Department of Natural Resources and Environment says the structures must come down even earlier if ice becomes too unstable to support them.
Tuesday was the deadline in southern Michigan.
After the mandatory removal times, anglers can take their shanties back onto the ice on a daily basis. But they cannot be left overnight.
Owners whose shanties fall through the ice could be jailed for up to 30 days and fined up to $500. They also can be ordered to pay three times the cost when an agency has to remove a shanty.