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Game and Fish urges early fish house removal

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urged anglers Monday to consider removing their houses early where ice conditions are deteriorating, especially in the southern and western areas of the state where temperatures have been warming.

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urged anglers Monday to consider removing their houses early where ice conditions are deteriorating, especially in the southern and western areas of the state where temperatures have been warming.

The deadline for removing permanent fish houses from North Dakota lakes is March 15.

Department education coordinator Brian Schaffer says that mild weather can quickly result in unstable ice conditions that can make removing a fish house with a vehicle difficult or dangerous.

Shaffer added that it is always important to check ice thickness, especially since he said they have had several vehicles break through the ice recently.

Ice conditions can vary from region to region, between lakes in the same region, and even on the same lake, Schaffer added.

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“We know people want to keep fishing,” he said, “but given the current conditions it’s good for anglers to keep safety in mind.”

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