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SF 3621

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to game and fish; modifying seasons and limits for certain game fish;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 97C.001, subdivision 3; 97C.005,
subdivision 3; 97C.395, subdivision 1; 97C.401, subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 97C.001, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Seasons, limits, and other requirements.

new text beginExcept for size limits on
walleye,
new text endthe commissioner may, in accordance with the procedures in subdivision 2 or by
rule under chapter 14, establish open seasons, limits, methods, and other requirements for
taking fish on experimental waters.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 97C.005, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Seasons, limits, and other rules.

new text beginExcept for size limits on walleye, new text endthe
commissioner may, in accordance with the procedures in subdivision 2, paragraphs (c)
and (e), or by rule under chapter 14, establish open seasons, limits, methods, and other
requirements for taking fish on special management waters.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 97C.395, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Dates for certain species.

(a) The open seasons to take fish by
angling are as follows:

(1) for walleye, sauger, northern pike, muskellunge, largemouth bass, and
smallmouth bass, the Saturday deleted text begintwo weeks prior to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekenddeleted text endnew text begin
nearest May 8
new text end to the last Sunday in February;

(2) for lake trout, from January 1 to October 31;

(3) for brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, and splake, between January 1 to
October 31 as prescribed by the commissioner by rule except as provided in section
97C.415, subdivision 2; and

(4) for salmon, as prescribed by the commissioner by rule.

(b) The commissioner shall close the season in areas of the state where fish are
spawning and closing the season will protect the resource.new text begin The commissioner shall not
close additional areas of the state or areas for additional time periods beyond those that
were closed during the 2007 season.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 97C.401, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Walleye; northern pike.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a person
may take no more than one walleye larger than 20 inches and one northern pike larger
than 30 inches daily.

new text begin (b) All walleye taken and in possession must be at least 14 inches. Walleye that are
less than 14 inches must be immediately unhooked and returned to the water.
new text end

new text begin (c) During the first seven days of the open season prescribed in section 97C.395,
subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (1), a person may not take and possess a walleye over
19 inches from waters of the state that are partially or wholly north of U.S. Highway 2.
new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end The restrictions in deleted text beginparagraph (a)deleted text endnew text begin this sectionnew text end do not apply to boundary waters.