BISMARCK — The deadline to remove ice houses from lakes is approaching in North Dakota and the northern third of Minnesota.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says all unoccupied fish houses have to be removed from all waters in the state beginning March 15 until ice-out. Fish houses can be used after that date if the structures are removed daily.
The deadline to remove fish houses from Minnesota lakes was March 2 for the southern two-thirds of the state, while the northern third has a deadline of March 16. The northern and southern parts of the state are split by a line that runs west-east along U.S. Highway 10, east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.
There are several exceptions to the Minnesota removal deadlines, including Minnesota-Canada border waters (March 31). Deadlines have already passed for border waters for Minnesota-South Dakota and North Dakota (March 5), Minnesota-Wisconsin (March 1) and Minnesota-Iowa (Feb. 20).