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Fish houses must be removed by Monday

Minnesota ice anglers will have extra fishing opportunities in March because of some changes that were made late in the 2008 Legislative session but not included in the regulations handbook.

"These changes will allow anglers to enjoy some late season ice fishing," said Captain Ken Soring, acting Department of Natural Resources Enforcement chief.

The updated regulations are available online.

The fish house/shelter removal deadline for the southern part of the state - which includes Douglas County - is March 2, rather than March 1 as originally printed in the 2008 Fishing Regulations handbook.

The deadline for shelter removal in the northern part of the state, March 16, remains the same. Shelters must be removed from the ice by these dates. Check specifics on page 59 of the 2008 fishing regulations.

The other important change is that fish houses/shelters statewide can be on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise when occupied or attended after the March 2 and the March 16 deadlines.

This exception had previously applied only to fish houses/shelters north of the east-west line formed by 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.

The walleye and northern pike seasons on inland waters closed February 22.