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Fish house's on rivers & Lakes Feb-Mar

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Soon we will se a rapid warming trend and ice conditions will deteriorate very quickly on rivers an lakes.

This season has seen a high angler use in the headwaters region of the Red River with as many as 79 ice houses in a 1/4 mile stretch of river. Although the numbers have diminished the total is still high but remaining anglers should very soon consider extraction of there houses to be safe.

Run off will float the ice pack almost immediately as temp's begin to rise and this will produce difficult and dangerous conditions.

Wise anglers may wish to remove there houses as soon as possable to be safe!

Please respect the environment and police the area's near your house for debris and litter and dispose of it properly.

Late ice can be good fishing but with the weather heating up we all are safer walking on an fishing in the open.

Thank's and good fishing!

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The lower Red River (Manitoba) requires that Anglers remove their ice houses (outside of those they use for a day and move off the same day) two weeks before the end of the season (March 15). I suspect this year with the Red's increased flow will probably see an early break up and probably above average flow rates. This, of course, will make it that much more difficult to get at those big whiskered critters when the season opener comes around. As for the rest of the province ice houses are to be removed by March 31. One last note to those who like to leave the shack out until the very end.... bring out blocks and put the ice shack above ice before leaving. Should melting conditions turn back to solid ice (as it does frequently up here!) you won't have to chisel the shack out ---- or as I had to do one year, "chainsaw it" out of the ice. Get out and enjoy what can be one of the best times of the ice season! Tight lines. Dan

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      I will try to make it Nick.  Should be a go unless a I have a grand kid birthday party to attend.
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