ALBERT LEA, Minn. – It was a busy afternoon on Sunday for many anglers in Minnesota as they reeled in their lines and packed up for the season.
Many began their cleaning up process at the beginning of the weekend but others like Ryan Kogel, are staying out as late as they can.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asks that all ice houses be removed from the lake by midnight on Monday.
The timing of the end of the season has been fairly consistent over the years, but some believe they’re missing out since there is no real end in sight with the cold temps.
“It starts getting warm and usually in about a couple of weeks this will really turn into a mess so it’s probably better that they’re getting the houses out now,” Kogel said.
Clear Lake in north Iowa is another big hub for ice fishing, however things have died down as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asked for all houses to be removed by late last week.
This wasn’t the plan all along; the extreme cold this winter led to the DNR extending the deadline from February 20th so that anyone who wanted to stay out longer, could do so.
The Minnesota DNR is asking for all anglers to remove their shelters by 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 3.