By Eric Fischer
With spring approaching, the end of the 2017-18 ice fishing season is near, as Lake Michigan and Green Bay ice shanties must be removed by Saturday, March 17th. Anglers will still be allowed to use a portable shanty, if they feel the ice is safe enough to use, as long as it is removed daily. Director of Vessel Traffic Services for the US Coast Guard, Mark Gill, says anglers are reminded to remember ICE (information, clothing, equipment).
Gill adds that anglers should stay close to the shoreline and stay away from the commercial shipping tracks. If you cannot remove your shanty due to frozen slush there are several options, such as renting equipment or calling the DNR to inform them of the situation.