Fishing shanties must be removed by March first

The Great Lakes are still covered in ice after constant frigid air.

"About 89 percent of the Great Lakes were covered at one point" says Richard Pollman, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake.

"It's pretty typical that the peak of ice across the lakes is late February or the first week of March"

After this peak the ice usually starts to break apart which is why a state law requiring fishermen remove shanties was passed years ago.

Despite near record-setting cold causing extremely thick ice, you still have to obey the law.

"Just listen to the local authorities, do as they say" says Richard.

It's the most ice since 1996 and with a cold-snap later this week, the lakes could re-freeze past the 89 percent peak we saw earlier this winter.

"We're down to about 67 to 68 percent ice coverage now" says Richard.

"It is still a lot of ice though, most is really thick between 12 to 28 inches in some spots".

For more information on the ice shanty law and when other areas need to have them removed, click HERE.