The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is reminding anglers to remove their ice huts while it’s still safe to do so, to avoid any potential fines or charges.

While the Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout areas don’t have required ice hut removal dates, conservation officers with the ministry remind anglers that it is an offence under the Public Lands Act of Ontario to leave your ice hut out after ice break-up.

Any ice huts that remain on the ice beyond this date will be investigated, and may result in charges and fines being laid against the owner or owners of the hut.

Walleye anglers are also reminded that ice fishing season is over at the end of the day today on the Winnipeg River System. Walleye fishing season will close in Zone 5 on April 14 and will resume on the May Long Weekend, unless otherwise specified by Ontario’s Fishing Regulations.

Ice hut owners are asked to start developing a plan on how they will remove their ice hut in time, and to not wait until the last minute. Owners are also reminded that they are responsible to remove any debris or garbage from the area surrounding their ice hut.

In advance of next winter, ice hut owners are encouraged to make sure that their huts are placed on the ice in a way that prevents them from freezing onto the ice, making ice hut removal much easier.

To report a natural resources violation, you can call the ministry’s Tips Line at 1-877-847-7667, or contact your local ministry. Residents can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

For more information:
2019 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary

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