Experimental sunfish regulations extended on portion of Mississippi River

An experimental regulation limiting anglers to 10 sunfish taken
from the Mississippi River adjacent to Houston, Winona and Wabasha
Counties will be extended another five years, the Minnesota DNR has
announced.

Continuing the special regulation, which has been in effect
since 2001, was supported by 65 percent of anglers participating in
a 2009 public input process. The regulation is aimed at maintaining
and increasing the number of sunfish longer than seven inches in
Pools 5, 5A and 8 of the Mississippi. It will remain in effect
until April 1, 2015.

Impacts of the regulation have been difficult to measure due to
a threefold increase in sunfish populations during the
post-regulation period, and variable climatic conditions that
affect angler effort, said Lake City DNR fisheries Manager Kevin
Stauffer. However, information collected during the pre- and
post-regulation periods suggests that when sunfish populations are
relatively low, angler harvest can significantly reduce numbers of
larger sunfish, and that restrictive regulations like this one can
protect those populations from excessively high rates of
exploitation.

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