The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is inviting
public comments and suggestions about changes being considered to
the recreational and commercial fishing regulations.
Public comments will be considered for inclusion in a package of
rules that will be drafted after the May 29 comment deadline. The
final rules package will be made available for public review and
comment through the State Register.
“This is the start of the process we use to clarify and change
specific portions of our fishing regulations,” said Linda
Erickson-Eastwood, DNR fisheries program manager. “We will take
into account any suggestions the public may have on rules that are
A complete listing of the proposed changes under consideration
can be found in the March 30, edition of the State Register on the
DNR Web site.
Among the recreational fishing changes to be considered are:
Eliminating the aggregate limits for brook, brown and rainbow
trout in Lake Superior and Lake Superior tributary streams.
Amending the Lake trout season to include the first full weekend
Closing the Lester River from 100 feet lake-ward from the
Superior Street Bridge to protect spawning fish that attempt to
ascend the falls, making themselves vulnerable to angler
Removing the seasonal closures on the Little Knife River (St.
Louis County) and the Knife River above Co Road 9 (St. Louis and
Adding Knife River Marina and McQuade Road Public Access to the
designation list for posting seasonal closures to fishing.
Clarifying the use of spawn bags to be used as bait for
Opening additional border waters and river systems to night bow
Changing yellow perch bag limits to 10 daily and 40 in
possession on Minnesota-South Dakota border waters.
Among the commercial fishing changes to be considered for Lake
Requiring white fish to be harvested under a special permit.
Adding safety requirements for commercial nets being used in
Reducing the amount of gill net that can be set for chubs (both
total footage and individual license footage) and setting
limitations on gear and number of licensed operators in the rainbow
Implementing special permit conditions and additional reporting
requirements for the commercial taking of lake trout, cisco and
Proposing modifications to rules that determine where commercial
nets can be set in Lake Superior, especially those that are set in
proximity to marinas and public access areas.
Comments may be submitted through May 29 in writing to Linda
Erickson-Eastwood, Box 20, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN
Comments will be accepted by telephone at 651-259-5200 or toll
free 888-MINNDNR (646-6367). Comments can be sent electronically
via e-mail to Linda.Erickson-Eastwood@dnr.state.mn.us
or by visiting the DNR’s online fishing rules page.