NH Bobhouses Must be Removed by April 1

New Hampshire ice fishermen are reminded that, according to state law, all bobhouses (ice shanties), must be removed from the ice no later than the end of the day on April 1. Bobhouses cannot be left on public or private property without permission. Also, bobhouses cannot be burned on the ice. Doing so will result in a fine and one-year loss of fishing license.

Failure to remove a bobhouse from public waters, public property or private property by the deadline can result in a fine and a one-year loss of the owner’s fishing license.  In cases where Conservation Officers cannot identify the bobhouse owner, NH Fish & Game has the authority to seize any bobhouse not removed by the deadline, along with its contents.

“The law is designed to ensure that bobhouses and their contents do not fall through the ice and become a hazard to boaters, or get left behind on shore,” says Lt. Heidi Murphy of the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department’s Law Enforcement Division.