If you fish bass tournaments in Minnesota, you’d better learn what’s being proposed by the Department of Natural Resources, and then you’d better voice your opinion. You have until Aug. 24.
A concerned Minnesota tournament angler tells this to Activist Angler:
“Minnesota is poised to become even more bass’ackwards with the passage of rules making off-site bass weigh-ins catch and kill.”
With its over-regulation, Minnesota is driving tournaments and bass fishing to other states, he adds.
“Attempts to bring the DNR into the 21st century have been thwarted at every turn.”
A perfect example of what he is talking about is that permits won’t be granted for tournaments that “promote or allow fizzing.”
Side fizzing primarily is known as a way to deflate an over-inflated bladder caused by a bass being pulled up from deep water. It allows the fish to right itself and swim away.
But side fizzing also is a proven technique that will save bass that might otherwise die of stress.
Here’s the real grabber in those regulations, though:
Permits won’t be granted for tournaments that would release fish after an off-site weigh-in under any of the following conditions:
- When fish will be held more than 2-1/2 hours from the time they leave the contest waters until they are returned to contest waters;
- When 100 or more fish will be weighed-in for the contest;
- For fishing contests involving bass (Micropterus genus within the Centrarchidae family) during July and August.
“I am working on a plan to ‘get the comment out’ from the general membership and other tournament directors/participants,” Mickey Goetting, conservation director for the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, tells Activist Angler.
To see the proposed regulations, go here.
Send comments to Linda Erickson-Eastwood, DNR Fisheries, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 20, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020. Or send them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org