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 for Lake Simcoe and for other lakes in Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 16 within Aurora District. To register your ice hut, visit ca/icefishing and register your hut electronically. 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 their ice huts from the waters of Lake Simcoe and the rest of FMZ by March 15, 2016.
- 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.
- Additional permits or authorizations may be required for those planning to use an ice fishing hut in a provincial park.
- Learn about ice fishing and ice hut removal at ca/icefishing.
- Learn more about ice fishing hut online registration and whether this change affects you. For assistance with paper registration, call 1-855-613-4256 or email [email protected]