Ice Hut Registration Required on Area Lakes
Registration and Removal of Ice Huts
December 17, 2013
(Information below was taken from a media release produced by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources on December 17, 2013)
To protect the environment and ensure safety, anglers must register new or previously unregistered ice-fishing huts on area lakes.
Registration is free and helps discourage anglers from abandoning their huts, which can end up in waterways and washed up on shorelines when the ice thaws.
- Huts must be registered in Fisheries Management Zone 16 and 19, in Aylmer District. To register your ice hut in Fisheries Management Zone 16 and 19, call your local ministry office (Aylmer District) 519-773-9241. Generally, this may be done over the telephone. Once registered, an ice-fishing hut can be used anywhere in Ontario.
- Registration numbers on ice huts must be at least 6.3 centimetres (2.5 inches) in height and clearly displayed on the outside of the hut.
- 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.
- It's a good idea to place huts on 15-centimetre (six-inch) high wooden 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.
- Anglers must remove ice huts from the waters of Fisheries Management Zone 16 and 19 by March 15th.
- Ice huts must be removed from lakes before ice break-up, even if it is before the specified removal date. It is an offence under the Public Lands Act to leave an ice hut after ice break-up.
- For ice hut registration in other districts, refer to the Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary at ontario.ca/fishing.
- For more information on ice hut registration and requirements, contact your local ministry office.
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