Comments on rules governing regulations for northern pike and other fishing regulation matters will be accepted until Thursday, Nov. 15, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced.

The proposed rule change makes existing northern pike bag limits and catch-and-release lengths a permanent part of Minnesota’s inland fishing regulations.

Other changes include:

  • Clearly defining electronic fish-finding devices as depth finders; fish finders; underwater video or still cameras; sonars; global positioning systems; and temperature, oxygen and pH meters;
  • Making rules regarding liberalized fish and seasonal closures consistent on Minnesota-South Dakota border waters;
  • Enacting provisions that protect vulnerable fish populations in Otter Tail County’s Annie Battle and Mille Lac County’s Black Bass lakes from overharvest; and
  • Enacting changes that are technical in nature to clarify and improve the consistency of regulations.

Comments should be directed to Linda Erickson-Eastwood via postal mail at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020; email at; or by phone at 651-259-5200.

Complete details are available on the DNR website at

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