New gar possession limit takes effect March 1 on all state waters : Feb 21, 2023 | News release

New gar possession limit takes effect March 1 on all state waters : Feb 21, 2023 | News release

Anglers will locate this and other adjustments in the 2023 fishing polices booklet

Spearers, anglers and bowfishers will be authorized to  keep up to 10 gar — the toothy, prehistoric fish indigenous to Minnesota waters — starting off March 1, when a new gar possession restrict is in result on all Minnesota inland and border waters.

The restrict applies to longnose and shortnose gar, which previously could be kept in limitless quantities, and is amid other new rules in the 2023 Minnesota Fishing Rules booklet.

The gar regulation modify is element of a larger sized work to sustainably control gar and other indigenous fish which includes buffalo, sucker, freshwater drum, bowfin, goldeye and bullhead, for the reason that they are significant contributors to aquatic ecosystems. The gar limit was set up right after 2021 laws requiring the Minnesota Department of Purely natural Resources establish and established a limit for that species.  

“It’s a 1st step toward a additional proactive and conservative approach to controlling these indigenous ‘rough fish’ species,” reported Shannon Fisher, fisheries checking and restrictions manager. “We benefit these indigenous fish. They are important factors of health rivers and lakes, and nevertheless we never know a ton about them.”

Although the DNR has less details about gar in comparison to fish species like walleye, pike or bass, DNR investigate is underway to track their populations, with original outcomes anticipated in the latter element of 2024. Additionally, the DNR will form a new work team with members of conservation corporations, members of the bowfishing community and intrigued stakeholders to determine conservation methods for other native tough fish.

“Historically there have been a good deal of misconceptions about fish like gar. Men and women thought that possessing gar all around as predator fish created levels of competition for fish like walleye. We know which is not the circumstance,” Fisher claimed. “The far more we master, the much more we uncover out that these fish have critical roles and price in the ecosystem.”   

Other new polices

Other fishing regulation improvements for 2023 consist of opening the Vermillion River in Dakota County to a capture-and-launch year that mirrors the season in location for southeastern Minnesota, which permits capture and launch trout fishing from Jan. 1 each and every year to the mid-April stream trout season opener. On top of that, the brown trout catch-and-release only regulation applies to the entire Vermillion River starting off March 1.

New and modified rules will also be in influence for a variety of other waters. Anglers are encouraged to check the rules e book for regulation facts for these waters, outlined listed here alphabetized by county:

  • Huge Sandy Lake and related waters, Aitkin County
  • A part of the upper Turtle River chain of lakes, Beltrami County
  • Three Island and Turtle River lakes, Beltrami County
  • Fox Lake, Beltrami County
  • Caribou Lake, Itasca County
  • Round Lake, Itasca County
  • Otter Tail Lake, Otter Tail County
  • West Struggle Lake, Otter Tail County
  • Cloquet and Otter rivers of Island Lake Reservoir, St. Louis County.

The 2023 Minnesota fishing laws are offered online and everywhere Minnesota fishing licenses are offered.