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Published February 27, 2012, 10:12 PM

Minnesota anglers begin removing ice houses

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Anglers in Lakes Country today are heeding the forecast of nasty weather on the way. Minnesota requires ice houses be removed within the week, and with both snow and wind on the way, waiting may be an unwelcome way to end the season.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Anglers in Lakes Country today are heeding the forecast of nasty weather on the way. Minnesota requires ice houses be removed within the week, and with both snow and wind on the way, waiting may be an unwelcome way to end the season.

In his first winter of retirement Bob Kotaska’s dream of bringing home the big ones every night will have to wait another year. That's because Bob and many others today decided the forecast of a blizzard rolling in leaves few options when trying to meet the DNR deadline of getting the ice houses off.

Bob Kotaska – Removed Ice House Today: “Today is going to be a good day to get the house off. Those who wait past today will get stuck with the storm coming.

Don McDougall of Detroit Lakes is trying to beat the storm. Today he emptied tools and supplies from the ice house, and then chiseled ice away in preparation for removal.

Despite a storm expected mid-week the DNR will have little sympathy for those anglers who don't get houses off. If you don't think they won't find you, remember something called GPS.

Phil Seefeldt – Minnesota DNR: “Usually a couple of weeks before deadline we go out to each of the houses. We photograph them so we can get identification off of them. We GPS them and we’re also patrolling for littler. We want to remind people pick up all their stuff when they leave the lake.”

It has been a crazy year for anglers. Ice conditions varied so much across the area and so many cars, trucks, ATVs and people went through the ice. Many are more than happy to bid the season farewell, hoping for good ice, next time around.”

By law ice houses must be off by next Monday if your lake is south of Highway Ten.

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