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Minnesota 'Bass'ackwards' in Tournament Management

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

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Reader Comments (2)

Sport fishing to catch & release should be OUTLAWED ! <\!>, We are working to keep fish for real fishermen who enjoy the taste and food. We need to keep these so called "Sport Fishermen" out of Minnesota lakes!
Its no different that "Sport Hunting for Coyotes or Wolves" if there is a legitimate reason to rid our lakes of fish , then offer a tournament to Minnesota fishermen.
I am not alone, and I vote.

August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Wikowski

Outlawing catch-and-release fishing would be a giant step toward banning recreational fishing in general. That's exactly what has happened and what is happening right now in Europe. If you don't like tournaments, that's one thing. But to say that catch-and-release fishing should be outlawed is playing right into the hands of those anti-fishing advocates who want to keep all of us off the water.

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

August 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Activist

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