Fishermen need to be aware of possession limits

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota daily and possession limits are the same this year unless otherwise noted. Fish are in an angler’s possession whether on hand, in cold storage, in transport, or elsewhere.

• Once a daily or possession limit of fish has been reached, no culling or live well sorting is allowed. No culling is allowed on Mille Lacs, or on Wisconsin, South Dakota, or North Dakota border waters.

• While on or fishing those waters with size restrictions, it is illegal to possess any fish outside legal length limits.

• If legally taken from a connected water or having been packaged by a licensed fish packer, a person who is in transit and taking the most direct route back to their lodging or docking, and not fishing, may possess fish outside of or in excess of the limits for that water body.

• When on or fishing experimental, special, border or other waters with size restrictions different from statewide regulations, all fish for which the size restriction applies must have their heads, tails, fins and skin intact and be measurable except as follows:

1. Fish that are legally taken on that water body may be used in the preparation of a meal while docked or moored to shore or while on the ice of that waterbody. Fish used for a meal still count towards the daily possession limit. Fillets may be possessed only if the person is in the act of preparing a meal or have been packaged by a licensed fish packer.

2. On the shore or ice of experimental and special management waters a person may prepare fish for a meal which have been packaged by a licensed fish packer. The total number of fish in possession may not exceed the statewide possession limit.

• When fish are consumed on the ice or on a watercraft that is docked or moored to shore, the carcass of a fish with size limits (other than statewide size limits) must be retained in such a way that the carcass may be readily unpacked, unwrapped, and separated so that the carcass may be examined, measured and counted to ensure compliance with size restrictions for that day. The fish carcasses must be retained with head, dorsal fin and tail intact, and the carcass will be counted and included in a person’s daily possession limit.

• Depositing fish entrails or fish parts into public waters or onto lake or stream shores is prohibited.

• Possessing or transporting white perch, ruffe, round goby, black carp, bighead carp, grass carp or silver carp is unlawful, except when taking them to the DNR. If you catch a black, bighead, grass or silver carp, you must report it to the DNR within seven days. A picture or specimen is desired when reporting your catch to the DNR.

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