New Hampshire law requires that fishermen remove bobhouses by April 1 or face fine


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CONCORD, New Hampshire — Sunshine and warmer weather may help remind Granite State fishermen that aIl bobhouses must be removed from the ice by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 1, according to state law.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Lt. Heidi Murphy of the agency's law enforcement division says 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.

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. The department can seize a bobhouse that hasn't been removed in cases where it can't identify the owner.

The Fish and Game Department advises anglers that once they move their bobhouses to the shoreline, they then must move the structure to their own property. Leaving a bobhouse on public or private property without permission also is a violation.

The department also advises that burning a bobhouse on the ice is illegal

Wednesday also marks the opening of fishing season for open water land locked salmon and lake trout.

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