The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal dates are approaching. Shanties must be removed as soon as the ice is unable to safely support them. The deadline for removal from waters in the northern Lower Peninsula, including Mason, Oceana, Manistee and Lake counties, is midnight Thursday, March 15.
Following the mandatory removal dates, ice shanties still may be used but must be removed daily from the ice.
Shanty owners whose structures fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines of $100 to $500, or both. If a shanty is removed by a government agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse that agency for an amount of up to three times the cost of removal.