The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is reminding anglers that many lakes across the province have significant slush conditions.
As such, you need to plan ahead in order to remove your ice hut on time.
Ice huts must be removed from certain Fisheries Management Zones (FMZ) in Ontario by a specified date.
Conservation officers encourage anglers to make sure their huts are placed on the ice in a way that prevents them from freezing into the ice (i.e., blocking the skids up off the ice, which will make removal easier to do when it comes time for removal).
Ice hut owners are responsible to remove all debris, garbage, etc. from the ice in the vicinity of their ice huts.
Leaving debris frozen in the ice becomes an environmental and a public safety concern, such as boaters colliding with wooden blocks, tarps, ice hut parts, etc.
Conservation Officers ask that all ice hut owners start now developing a plan and implementing it on how they will remove their ice huts before the specified deadline.
Do not wait until the last minute to move them. This will show responsible ownership
If ice huts remain out on the ice beyond the specified deadline, the matter will be investigated and may result in charges being laid against the owner(s).