Monthly Archives: April 2003

Other aquatic species

The following regulations apply to the taking and possession of mussels (clams), crayfish, frogs, minnows, leeches, and turtles forpersonal or commercial use.Wild animals may not be taken from infested waters, except for bait for personal use from waters that are … Continue reading

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Transportation, shipment, and storage of fish

Fish prepared for transportation, shipment, or storage are defined as follows:• Undressed fish must have head, tails, fins, and skin intact. Entrails, gills, and scales may be removed.• Dressed fish may have heads and scales or skin removed, in addition … Continue reading

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Use fresh nightcrawlers as bait

Imagine being a trout on a chilly spring morning with a fat, healthy wiggling worm approaching. How could you resist having that tasty morsel for breakfast? You couldn’t, and that’s why using fresh nightcrawlers as bait in early spring will … Continue reading

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New fish limits take effect May 10

New limits for crappie, sunfish, lake trout and catfish will take effect on May 10, which is the 2003 fishing opener.Daily and possession crappie limits will go from 15 to 10, sunfish from 30 to 20, and lake trout from … Continue reading

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Minnesota’s trespass law

The trespass law applies to all outdoor recreation. Whether fishing, hunting, or taking part in any other outdoor recreation, you may not enter legally posted land or agricultural land without permission.Landowners, lessees, or authorized managers need only post their land … Continue reading

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Harmful exotic species

Harmful exotics pose a threat to Minnesota waters, native plants and animals, and water-based recreation, including fishing.Currently, these harmful exotics and disease exist in Minnesota forests, lakes, and rivers. They could easily spread—and new species could enter from other states—if … Continue reading

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General regulations

The following regulations apply to all Minnesota waters unless noted otherwise inthe 2003 Fishing Regulations booklet.Possessing and Transporting fish• Daily and possession limits are the same unless otherwise noted. Fish are in an angler’s possession whether on hand, in cold … Continue reading

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Fishing with live bait

Experienced anglers know that fishing with healthy live bait will catch many fish. Live bait attracts all types of game fish. As a result, bait fishing has become a popular sport. Millions of baitfish are sold to anglers each year. … Continue reading

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Catch-and-release

Improved fishing technology and increasing fishing pressure have caused fishing quality to decline in many waters. Catch-and-release fishing offers anglers a way to enjoy their sport with less harm to the resource. Each year, more anglers discover the satisfaction of … Continue reading

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Anglers asked to report tagged fish

Anglers who catch one of more than 40,000 Mille Lacs Lake walleye marked with a numbered, plastic tag are asked to report their catch to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.The tags, which resemble a short length of coated electrical … Continue reading

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