Anglers: Deadlines To Remove Ice Fishing Shelters Approaching

Logan D Suza

As ice fishing season comes to a close, the Ministry of Environment reminds anglers that the deadlines to remove ice fishing shelters are coming up: March 15 south of Highway 16, and March 31 to the north.

Plan to remove your ice shelter before it becomes unsafe. Spring weather can be unpredictable, leading to unsafe ice conditions, sometimes earlier than expected. Owners must remove all structures and litter from the ice. Shelters may not be left on the shore and must be transported away. Abandoned shelters pose an unnecessary risk to everyone who enjoys our lakes in the summer. Pieces of shelter can cause injuries and litter our shores.

Be extremely cautious while travelling on ice. Slush, thermal cracks and pressure ridges are all indicators of unsafe ice conditions. Ice thickness and strength can vary considerably from area to area, so always check that conditions are safe.

For more information about fishing in Saskatchewan, check the Anglers Guide, available online at saskatchewan.ca/fishing.

If you suspect wildlife, fisheries, forestry or environmental violations, please call Saskatchewan’s toll-free Turn In Poachers and Polluters (TIPP) line at 1-800-667-7561, or call #5555 from a SaskTel cellular device. Violations can also be reported online at saskatchewan.ca/tipp. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip Reward Program.

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