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Public comments open on proposed permanent state rules for fishing contests

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outdoors Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Citizens interested in commenting on permanent state rules designed to provide fishing tournament organizers with a clear set of guidelines can view the proposed rules on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website by selecting "Fishing Contest Regs" at www.mndnr.gov/input/rules.

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Tournament policies have developed piecemeal over time. The DNR has been working with tournament organizers and recent law changes to develop a clear set of rules governing fishing tournaments. These rules will provide clear guidance to tournament organizers.

The new rules would:

• Detail conditions for issuing contest permits.

• List the criteria used to establish permit conditions.

• Restrict contests using live release formats when targeting sturgeon, muskellunge, trout and salmon.

• Limit live release contests targeting walleye during summer.

• Limit contests using off-site weigh-in formats.

• Grant permit holders the authority to possess, transport and distribute contest fish to nonprofit or charitable organizations, streamlining the gifting process for contest organizers.

• Manage contest use of state-owned access sites to accommodate contest participants but also assure public use.

Comments must be submitted by Friday, Aug. 24, to Linda Erickson-Eastwood, DNR Fisheries, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 20, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020. Comments also may be emailed to linda.erickson-eastwood@state.mn.us.

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