Just a heads up for those who are too busy fishing and not paying attention... dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice of inland waters no later than midnight on March 1 in the southern two-thirds of the state and March 15 in the northern third.
The March 1 removal deadline applies to waters south of a line starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border near Moorhead along U.S. Highway 10, then 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 near Duluth. The March 15 deadline applies to waters north of that line.
For border waters, the shelter removal deadlines are: Minnesota - Iowa, Feb. 20. Minnesota - Wisconsin, March 1. Minnesota - North Dakota and South Dakota, March 5. Minnesota - Canada, March 31.
After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954