Questionable: How long can you stay in an ice shack?
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“Is there a law restricting the amount of time people can stay in their ice shacks? I watch people (especially during the weekend) who stay in these shacks night after night. Is this legal?”
– Don, Harshaw
The Star Journal asked Jim Jung, a conservation warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Jung responded:
“In response to the reader’s specific question, there is no restriction on how often ice shanties are used, or where they can be placed on a frozen lake, and there is no restriction on the size or construction of an ice shanty. I see many camper trailers which are used for ice shanties in northern Wisconsin.
“Ice anglers must comply with all litter and other fishing regulations, including size limits, bag limits and possession limits, along with the unattended lines rule while staying out on the ice for extended times. Anglers are not allowed to set lines out then return to a shelter or lake home with the intent of checking those lines at a later time. Anglers must, ‘immediately’ respond to an indication of a strike or bite, such as a flag on a tip-up that is up.”
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