It is almost difficult to believe, with northern Michigan in the midst of an arctic winter, that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that the dates for mandatory ice shanty removal are approaching.
It might be the first sign that spring could be close. It’s a stretch, though.
Anglers are required to remove shanties as soon as the ice is unsafe to hold them, regardless of the date.
In the northern Lower Peninsula, ice shanties need to be removed by midnight March 15. Counties included in the northern Lower Peninsula are Cheboygan, Montmorency and Presque Isle.
After mandatory removal dates, shanties may be placed on the ice, but must be removed daily.
Shanty owners who allow the structures to fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines of not less than $100 or more than $500 or both.
If a shanty is removed by a government agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse the government for an amount of up to three times the cost of removal.