NYLON – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that all ice fishing shanties must be removed to the warm winter and the forecasted early arrival of spring like conditions.
According to a press release from the DEC, ice on bodies of water must be removed by March 15 or their owners can be ticketed and can face a maximum possible fine of $100.
The DEC said that shanties that fall partially through the ice may be difficult to remove and also create hazards for snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles on the ice. Shanties that remain after the ice has melted away (ice out) also present navigation hazards for boats.
State regulations that require ice shanties to be removed are based on the average date when good ice still exists on waters, not on the actual thickness of ice.
Shanties must be removed by March 15 even if the ice on a water body is still thick.
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