Reminder! Remove Ice Shanties Before Ice Weakens

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/19 2014 10:45AM

Updated 02/19 2014 10:49AM

Credit: Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding the public that Vermont State law requires ice fishing shanties to be removed before the ice becomes unsafe.

A press release says shanties must be removed when the ice loses the ability to support the shanty out of the water or before the last Sunday in March, whichever comes first.

“Ice conditions can deteriorate quickly with warmer weather, so we urge owners of shanties to get them off the lakes while it is still safe to be on the ice,” said State Game Warden Major Dennis Reinhardt.  “The law exists to help ensure that shanties don’t become a boating hazard and create debris that will wash up on shore.”

The fine for leaving your ice fishing shanty on the ice can be as much as $1,000. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says shanties may not be left at state fishing access areas.

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