The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) is putting out a reminder to anglers. The deadline to remove ice fishing huts is here. 

Sean Cronsberry, OCOA president, says it’s the owner’s responsibility to keep track of the ice conditions and get their hut off in a safe, timely manner. He noted many people are switching to portable huts, which go on and off the ice that same day. 

Cronsberry explained permanent huts need to be registered with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, by going online or visiting a ServiceOntario location.  

He says the OCOA wants to ensure that fishing huts don’t go down when the ice breaks up. Cronsberry noted it’s not common, but it does happen. He explained submerged huts pose a risk to boaters and can pollute the water, depending on the contents.   

Written by Dylan Coffin