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Government reminds Sask. anglers to remove ice fishing shelters by March deadlines

Another Free Fishing Weekend is set to hit Saskatchewan during Family Day Weekend, February 14th to 16th.
With ice fishing season winding down, the Saskatchewan government is reminding all anglers that fishing shelters south of Highway 16 must be removed by March 15 and shelters in areas north of Highway 16 must be removed by March 31. Jim Cole / The Canadian Press

With ice fishing season winding down, the Saskatchewan government is reminding all anglers that fishing shelters south of Highway 16 must be removed by March 15 and shelters in areas north of Highway 16 must be removed by March 31.

Structures must be moved to a location where it can be loaded and removed to the individual’s residence or property. All garbage must be removed as well.

Government officials are warning owners they may be prosecuted and the structure and contents may be removed and confiscated if shelters are not removed.

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Ice shelters must have the owner’s complete name, address and phone number on the outside in legible letters that are at least 2.5 cm high.

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Authorities are urging anyone travelling on the ice to use extreme caution. Slush indicates that ice is eroding from above and below at a fast rate, and changing temperatures can cause thermal cracks and pressure ridges – all indicators of dangerous conditions.

For southern and central Saskatchewan, ice fishing season ends on March 31, with northern Saskatchewan ending on April 15.

For information about fishing in the province, see the Saskatchewan Angler’s Guide.