- Even though anglers have until mid-March to remove permanent fish
houses from North Dakota waters, the State Game and Fish Department
is urging anglers to consider removing their houses early in areas of
the state where ice conditions have started to deteriorate,
especially in the southern and western portions.
Greg Freeman says state law requires permanent fish houses must be
removed from North Dakota waters by midnight March 15. In addition,
it is illegal to leave fish houses on any state-owned or managed
land, and federal refuge land, after March 15. Fish houses may be
used after March 15 if they are removed daily.
are advised to use caution while accessing area lakes because mild
weather conditions can quickly result in unstable ice conditions that
can make removing a fish house with a vehicle difficult or dangerous.
on lakes where ice remains solid away from shore, anglers should
watch the weather and adjust activities accordingly. Ice conditions
can vary from region to region, between lakes in the same region, and
even on the same lake.