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Ask a Trooper: Fish house rules

Dear Trooper Kathy: What are the rules for fish houses? Can I pull mine down the highway or do I need registration on it? Trooper Kathy says: I am going to refer you to another agency that also has a vested interest in this question. The Department of Natural Resources have the following suggestions. Here are the rules. Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS), the Minnesota State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), have determined that a fish house on wheels meets the requirements of a trailer and must be registered as such. Registration is required for: enclosed trailers with cargo doors that haul all terrain vehicles or other cargo and are used as a fish house; other trailers manufactured for use as a fish house; and recreational trailers used seasonally as a fish house. These vehicles must be registered in one of the trailer classes. Recreational trailers must be registered in the recreational class. DVS has notified dealers that fish houses on wheels are considered trailers. Anyone in the business of selling them has to have the appropriate Minnesota dealer's license. If you have any questions, call your local deputy registrar's office.  DNR no longer requires a fish house license if the fish house is not left on the ice overnight unattended. Keep in mind that the trailer registration requirement is separate from any fish house license that DNR may require. It is possible that someone who has a fish house on wheels will need to have trailer registration from DVS and a fish house license from DNR. Customers who are unsure if they need a fish house license should call the DNR at (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you have any questions regarding traffic safety and/or traffic laws, email < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >. Sgt. Pederson will not offer advice on specific situations or real events, which involve law enforcement.