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REGISTRATION OF ICE FISHING HUTS
As winter approaches, anglers are reminded to register their ice fishing huts. This helps to protect the environment and ensure the safety of anglers and boaters. Ice huts must be registered in Fisheries Management Zones 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.
To register an ice hut, anglers can contact their local ministry office. Generally, this may be done over the telephone. There is no charge to register an ice hut. Once registered, an ice fishing hut can be used anywhere in Ontario.
Tent-style ice huts made of cloth or synthetic fabric that have a base area of seven square metres (75.4 square feet) or less when erected do not need to be registered.
Ice hut registration numbers must be at least 6.3 centimetres (2.5 inches) in height and clearly displayed on the outside of the hut. Ice huts should be placed on six-inch high wood blocks to make it easier to remove them at the end of the season. Ice hut owners must keep the area around their huts clear of garbage.
Registration is required to identify the owner of an ice hut in the event of a littering problem or if the ice hut is not removed from the ice as required below.
Ice hut removal dates are:
March 1 – for zones 17 and 20
March 15 – for zones 14, 16, 18, 19 and the part of zone 12 below the Lake Timiskaming Dam
March 31 – for zones 9, 10, 11, 15 and the part of zone 12 above the Lake Timiskaming Dam.
It is an offence under the Public Lands Act to leave an ice hut out after ice break up regardless of whether registration and removal dates apply.
For more information on ice hut registration and requirements, contact your local ministry office.
For More Information
Cheryl Goodchild, Fisheries Section, 705-755-1911
General EnquiriesNatural Resources Information Centre
TTY 1-866-686-6072 (Hearing Impaired)
Let's talk Ice Fishing in and around Erieau and Rondeau Bay.
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