On March 19, 2015

Ice shanties must be removed before ice weakens

Vermont state law requires that ice-fishing shanties must be removed from the ice before the ice becomes unsafe or loses its ability to support the shanty above the water, or before the last Sunday in March (March 29 this year), 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 Col. Jason Batchelder. “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 an ice-fishing shanty on the ice can be up to $1,000, and shanties may not be left at state fishing access areas.

The same Vermont law requires the name and address of the owner to be posted on the ice shanty.

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