Comment on bullheads for bait in Minnesota by April 1

The Minnesota DNR is asking for public comment on a proposed
rule that would allow anglers to use bullheads up to 10 inches long
as live bait. The fish could not be transported north of Minnesota
Highway 210, to prevent non-native bullhead populations from
establishing themselves in any more northern Minnesota lakes.

Current law allows anglers to use bullheads up to seven inches
long as bait. Those fish can be captured from non-infested waters
via dip net, angling or non-commercial seine and transported
anywhere in Minnesota.

An additional change would allow live transportation and
possession of white suckers 12 inches and longer for up to 96
hours. Those possessing and transporting the fish would be required
to purchase them from a licensed commercial vendor and retain a
receipt showing the date and time of purchase. These proposed
changes would not affect commercial bait dealers.

Public comments on the proposed rule, including requests for
public hearings, will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday,
April 1, by Linda Erickson-Eastwood, Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette
Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020. Comments may be faxed to
651-297-4916 or e-mailed to linda.erickson-eastwood@state.mn.us.
TTY users may call the DNR at 651-296-5484 or 800-657-3929.

The DNR may adopt the rule without a public hearing if it
receives fewer than 25 public hearing requests by the deadline. If
a public hearing is necessary, it will be held at 2 p.m. on
Tuesday, April 13, in the sixth-floor conference room at the DNR
Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Find out if a public
hearing will be held by contacting Erickson-Eastwood after
Thursday, April 1, and before Tuesday, April 13.

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