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Minnesota Fishing Regulations and Safety

With the 2016 fishing season well on its way, Minnesota anglers are hoping the walleye, sauger, northern pike, trout, bass and muskie will be biting like never before. That’s why the MDNR put together a Tacklebox of Angler “Must Haves” to help fishing enthusiasts get the most out of the season, with the least amount of hassle.

Visit their site for information on:

2016 Fishing Regulations
Getting a Fishing License 24/7
The DNR’s LakeFinder tool and LakeFinder mobile app
MNDOT traveler information – so you can check the road conditions before you head out.

Before you gear up and head out to catch your share, take a moment to refresh yourself on fishing and boating safety. Check out our Boating Safety 101 post for tips to help you avoid boating liability and accidents and keep your friends and family safe on the water.

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing site recommends following these tips to ensure a safe fishing experience:

If using a boat, wear a life jacket and make sure each passenger wears one, too.
Inspect waterfronts daily—the natural environment is subject to change without notice.
Don’t fish in areas where it is not permitted. These areas have been declared “off limits” to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.

Always consider safety factors. Because fishing is practiced in a variety of environments, evaluate factors specific to safety in each environment.
Weather is always a factor. Set up a weather committee or rotate weather forecasting responsibilities.
Bring along extra safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cell phone or radio.
Always wear footgear appropriate to the conditions.

Stay dry, warm and protected from the elements. Wear a waterproof sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. Wear thin layers of clothing that progress outward to include water and wind protection as the final layer.
Use appropriate insect protection, including proper clothing and repellents.

Keep fishing knives sharp and blades covered when not in use.
Handle fish carefully.
Use safety glasses when casting.
Use caution when baiting and removing hooks.
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