Minnesota’s sluggish fishing license sales have improved a bit, but still are down 21 percent from last year, which DNR officials attribute to the poor spring weather. Sales had been off more than 25 percent. The agency has sold about 470,000 licenses, 126,000 fewer than at this time last year.
Nonresident fishing license sales are down a comparable amount; the DNR has sold about 41,000 nonresident fishing license this spring, a decline of 11,000, or 21 percent, from last year.
Meanwhile, walleye stamp sales are down even more. The DNR has sold around 12,000 of the voluntary $5 stamps, compared to 19,000 at this time last year, a drop of 37 percent. Money from the stamps is used for walleye stocking.
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A $1.67 million, three-year federal grant that funds the program has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, officials announced Monday.
Waterfowl, deer and upland hunts are available
The Department of Natural Resources announced a change in fishing regulations for Mille Lacs Lake that officials say will help attract more national bass tournaments to the area.
Despite this year’s low walleye population, DNR fishery surveys have shown this year that there may be good news on the horizon.
Not good news for Lake Vermilion: state officials have confirmed the popular northern Minnesota lake is infested with spiny waterfleas.