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Lansing — Even as Michigan remains firmly in winter’s grip, deadlines are approaching for removing fishing shanties from ice-covered waterways.

The Department of Natural Resources says anglers are required to remove their shanties as soon as the ice is unsafe to hold them, regardless of the date.

But the deadline for clearing them from Lake St. Clair is before sunset Feb. 22.

Shanties must be removed from southern Lower Peninsula waters by midnight March 1. The deadline for the northern Lower Peninsula is midnight March 15.

In the Upper Peninsula, it’s midnight March 31.

After mandatory removal dates, shanties may be placed on the ice on a daily basis, but must be removed daily.

Owners who allow shanties to fall through the ice can be jailed and fined.

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