Winter means frozen Northland lakes covered with ice fishing shelters. Before you put a line in the water, make sure your shelter is properly licensed and ID'd.

According to the Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources, the following rules apply for shelter licenses:

  • All non-portable ice shelters must be licensed.
  • Wheeled fish houses are not considered portable and must be licensed.
  • An annual shelter license costs $15 for residents and $37 for non-residents, not
  • including issuing fees that may be charged.
  • A shelter license is valid from March 1 through April 30 of the following year.
  • A shelter license is not required on border waters between Minnesota or Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota.

A portable shelter, which is a shelter that collapses, folds or is disassembled for transportation, only needs a license and identification when left unattended.  An unattended shelter is defined as when all occupants are more than 200 feet away.

Here are the Minnesota ice shelter identification requirements:

  • ONE of the following must be readily visible from the exterior of the shelter with characters at least 2 inches high: Owner's name and address, owner's drivers license number, or owner's Minnesota DNR identification number.
  • If a shelter is left out overnight, it must have at least 2 square inches of reflective material on each side.

Follow the link below for complete Minnesota ice fishing shelter information, including shelter removal deadlines.

B105 logo
Enter your number to get our free mobile app

More From B105