The ice fishing season ends on April 15th in northern Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Environment reminds anglers that all fishing shacks must be off the ice by that date.
They report every spring a number of ice fishing shacks are abandoned on the ice of Saskatchewan lakes, creating identification, clean up and potential environmental challenges for the province. Any litter or debris must also be removed when the ice shacks are taken off.
They warn if ice shacks are not removed owners may be prosecuted and the structure and contents may be confiscated or destroyed by the ministry. They also warn anyone traveling on the ice should take extreme caution. Slush indicates that ice is eroding from above and below at an advanced rate and changing temperatures can cause thermal cracks and pressure ridges which are indicators of unsafe conditions.