Fishing Season Kicks Off in Minnesota with New Catch-and-Release Records

Fishing Season Kicks Off in Minnesota with New Catch-and-Release Records

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As anglers prepare for the May 11 fishing opener in Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has introduced 18 new catch-and-release record categories to recognize the growing popularity of this practice and to celebrate lesser-known fish species.

To qualify for a catch-and-release record, anglers must measure their catch, take a photo, have a reliable witness, and submit an application form. The DNR has set minimum size limits for each species to ensure only exceptional catches are eligible.

The Munger Landing boat ramp on the St. Louis River Estuary is expected to be open for the walleye opener after being closed for two years due to contaminated sediment removal. However, some areas of the St. Louis River and other waters across the state will remain closed to fishing temporarily to protect spawning fish.

The DNR encourages anglers to submit photos of their catches to the News Tribune's "Trophy Room" and reminds them to handle fish gently when practicing catch-and-release. Mothers can fish for free on Mother's Day weekend and participate in a special fishing challenge for a chance to win prizes.

Walleye, the most sought-after fish in Minnesota, are primarily the product of natural reproduction rather than stocking. Anglers can find lake-specific information, including regulations and fish species, using the DNR's mobile app or online tool.

All anglers 16 and older must purchase a fishing license, and a trout stamp is required for fishing in designated trout waters or harvesting trout. The DNR has translated the 2024 fishing regulations into four commonly spoken languages in Minnesota to make the information more accessible.

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