(Friday - February 19, 2021) - On Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters, ice shanties must be removed by midnight Monday, March 15.

All other bodies of water in the Upper Peninsula must have ice shanties removed by midnight Wednesday, March 31.

Daily use of ice shanties is permitted anywhere in Michigan if ice conditions permit and if the shanties are removed from the ice at the end of each day.

People venturing onto the ice should use extreme caution as temperatures begin to rise or fluctuate. The repeated thawing and refreezing of ice weakens its strength, decreasing its ability to support the additional weight of people, snowmobiles, ORVs and shanties. Deteriorating ice, water currents and high winds increase the probability of pressure cracks, which can leave anglers and others stranded on ice floes or at risk of falling through the ice.

Learn more at Michigan.gov/IceSafety.

Spring fishing

The end of ice fishing season means it is time to start preparing for spring fishing. Are you boater safety certified? In Michigan, anyone born on or after June 30, 1996, must successfully complete an approved Boater Safety Education course to operate a vessel. Complete boater safety online at Michigan.gov/RecreationalSafety.

For more information on all fishing opportunities, go to Michigan.gov/Fishing.

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