The ice will be gone soon and I will be prepping for an earlier than normal start to the open water season. I have begun my customer list for my Spring Crappie special which includes 4 hours of fishing for 2 persons, only $150.00!
Anglers will find a variety of changes in the 2020 Minnesota fishing regulations booklet, including new possession and length limits on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters of the Mississippi River. This is the first comprehensive update of regulations on the Mississippi River border waters in nearly 70 years.
The new border waters possession and length limits for most gamefish species went into effect March 1, and were developed based on decades of biological data, as well as substantial public input during 2018 and 2019.
“We’ve heard positive feedback about the changes from anglers who care a great deal about sustaining the high quality fish populations and the fishing opportunities on these Mississippi River border waters,” said Kevin Stauffer, the Department of Natural Resources area fisheries supervisor in Lake City.
The new regulations for the Mississippi River border waters and Lake Pepin include lower possession limits, and changes to some length limits, for walleye and sauger, northern pike, channel and flathead catfish, shovelnose sturgeon, crappie, sunfish, yellow perch, and white and yellow bass.
The changes are proactive measures that will help both states manage the effects that changing river conditions, invasive species and increased angling effectiveness have on fish. Wisconsin has approved identical regulations that will go into effect April 1. Some examples include:
- Walleye and sauger limit has decreased from 6 to 4.
- Crappie, sunfish, and yellow perch limit has decreased from 25 to 15 each.
- White and yellow bass limit has decreased from 25 to 10.
With the exception of minimum size limits for bass (14 inches) and walleye (15 inches) implemented in 1990, possession and size restrictions for gamefish on the Minnesota and Wisconsin border waters of the Mississippi River had been largely unchanged for the last seven decades.
For the first time in a very long time I will not be attending and guiding the Minnesota Governors fishing opener. Instead I will be heading to Blackduck Minnesota with some life long friends for a little fishing and a lot of catching up! I am really looking forward to it. Reports and photos coming soon.
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I will be talking Muskie basics and strategy on August 22nd at the Apple Valley American Legion for the Minnesota Valley IN-Fisherman club. I have done this speaking engagement before and I am honored to be invited back. If you would like more information go to https://www.facebook.com/mnvalleyinfisherman/
I am honored to be asked to join the Brainerd Outdoors Radio show with Brian Moon. You can hear my segment on fishing the Twin Cities every Saturday morning at 7:10,Sunday evenings at 7 and Monday mornings at 5 on B93.3 Fm in the Brainerd Lakes Region and Beyond or catch the podcast at brainerdoutdoorsradio.com.
Now booking for our spring “Crappie” special!
2 people, 4 hours = $150.00!!!! Add one more person for just $25!!!
Special runs from now until Walleye/Northern opener May 13.
I provide everything needed, bring your 2017 Minnesota fishing license and something to drink.
A fun and affordable way to enjoy spring fishing!
I will be at the 10th annual “Night with the Pros” Fundraiser for the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame. The event is held on Friday April 21st at 5 pm in the Falls Ballroom, Little Falls Minnesota. This is a great event for the public to get up and close with some of the best fishing pros in the business.
I will be guiding at this years “Minnesota Governors Fishing Opener”.
The 70th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener will be held in the Greater St. Cloud area and includes the communities of St. Cloud, Sartell and Sauk Rapids. The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948