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Laws of Minnesota 1993 CHAPTER 185-S.F.No. 1208 An act relating to game and fish; allowing walleye and northern pike to be possessed and transported in a dressed or undressed condition; establishing an experimental program for commercial fishing in Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters; limiting number of larger pike taken; amending Minnesota Statutes 1992, sections 97A.551, by adding a subdivision; and 97C.401. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 97A.551, is amended by adding a subdivision to read: Subd. 4. [WALLEYE; NORTHERN PIKE.] Walleye and northern pike may be possessed, transported, or shipped in a dressed or undressed condition. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 97C.401, is amended to read: 97C.401 [
COMMISSIONER AUTHORIZED TO PRESCRIBELIMITS.] Subdivision 1. [COMMISSIONER AUTHORIZED TO PRESCRIBE LIMITS.] Unless otherwise provided in this chapter, the commissioner shall, by rule, prescribe the limits on the number of each species of fish that may be taken in one day and the number that may be possessed. Subd. 2. [WALLEYE; NORTHERN PIKE.] (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c), a person may take no more than one walleye larger than 20 inches and one northern pike larger than 30 inches daily. (b) The restrictions in paragraph (a) do not apply to boundary waters except Lake of the Woods. (c) On Lake of the Woods, a person may take no more than one walleye larger than 19.5 inches and one northern pike larger than 30 inches daily. Sec. 3. [MINNESOTA-WISCONSIN BOUNDARY WATERS COMMERCIAL REGULATION; EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM.] Subdivision 1. [DEFINITION.] For the purposes of this section, "Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters" means those portions of the Mississippi river that form the boundary of the state of Minnesota and the state of Wisconsin, including all sloughs, backwaters, bays, and newly extended water areas in Minnesota lying east of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific railroad tracks. Subd. 2. [SET LINES.] During the 1993 and 1994 seasons, licensed commercial operators may use up to eight set lines containing no more than 50 hooks on each line in Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters. The commissioner of natural resources shall study the impacts of this subdivision on both the resource and the industry and shall report to the legislature by January 15, 1995. Subd. 3. [HOOP NETS; BAIT NETS.] (a) The commissioner of natural resources shall conduct a five-year study of the effect of the use of hoop nets and bait nets by licensed commercial operators in the Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters. As a part of the study the commissioner may issue up to five permits to licensed commercial operators for the use of hoop nets and bait nets. The permits must require that the net mesh have no smaller than a three-inch stretch measure and that the nets be lifted in compliance with the permit. (b) Operators permitted under this subdivision must provide the commissioner of natural resources with all data requested by the commissioner, including data on: (1) harvest temperature; (2) season of harvest; (3) species composition; (4) period and frequency between lifting of nets; and (5) population characteristics of the species taken. (c) The commissioner of natural resources shall study the impacts of this subdivision on both the resource and the industry and shall report to the legislature by January 15, 1998. Sec. 4. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Section 2 is effective March 1, 1994. Section 3 is effective the day following final enactment. Presented to the governor May 12, 1993 Signed by the governor May 14, 1993, 10:09 p.m.