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CHAPTER 6260, COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Table of Parts
Part Title
COMMERCIAL FISHING GENERAL RESTRICTIONS
6260.0100 DEFINITIONS.
6260.0200 COMMERCIAL FISHING CONDITIONS AND PROHIBITIONS.
6260.0300 COMMERCIAL FISHING PERMIT ISSUANCE.
6260.0400 COMMERCIAL FISHING REPORTS.
6260.0500 REQUIRED NOTIFICATION OF OPERATIONS.
6260.0600 INSPECTION BY COMMISSIONER.
6260.0700 ENTRY UPON OR USE OF LAND.
6260.0800 DISPOSITION OF NONLICENSED SPECIES.
6260.0900 SPORT ANGLING EQUIPMENT RESTRICTIONS.
6260.1000 DISCOVERY OF A FISH KILL.
6260.1100 MARKING UNCOVERED HOLES IN ICE.
6260.1200 PROPER MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF FISHING GEAR.
6260.1300 PREVENTION OF INTERFERENCE WITH PUBLIC USE OF WATERS.
GEAR FOR TAKING ROUGH FISH
6260.1400 GEAR SPECIFICATIONS FOR TAKING ROUGH FISH.
COMMERCIAL FISHING IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS
6260.1500 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON NAMAKAN AND SAND POINT LAKES.
6260.1600 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON RAINY LAKE.
6260.1700 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON LAKE OF THE WOODS.
COMMERCIAL FISHING ON LAKE SUPERIOR
6260.1800 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON LAKE SUPERIOR.
COMMERCIAL FISHING ON INLAND MISSISSIPPI RIVER
6260.1900 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON INLAND MISSISSIPPI RIVER.
COMMERCIAL FISHING ON INLAND WATERS
6260.2000 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON INLAND WATERS.
GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS
6260.2100 INTENSITY AND TIMING OF FISHING EFFORTS.
6260.2200 LICENSE REVOCATION.
INLAND COMMERCIAL FISHING AREAS
6260.2300 COMMERCIAL FISHING AREAS WITHIN INDIAN RESERVATIONS.
6260.2400 DESCRIPTION OF INLAND COMMERCIAL FISHING AREAS.
6260.2500 [Renumbered 6259.0100]
6260.2600 [Renumbered 6259.0200]
6260.2700 [Renumbered 6259.0300]
6260.2800 [Renumbered 6259.0400]
6260.2900 [Renumbered 6259.0500]
6260.3000 [Renumbered 6259.0600]
6260.3100 [Renumbered 6259.0700]
6260.3200 [Renumbered 6259.0800]
6260.3300 [Renumbered 6259.0900]
6260.3400 [Renumbered 6259.1000]

COMMERCIAL FISHING GENERAL RESTRICTIONS

6260.0100 DEFINITIONS.

Subpart 1.

Scope.

The terms used in this chapter have the meanings given them in this part.

Subp. 2.

Net bar measurement.

"Net bar measurement" means the interior distance between adjacent angles of a single mesh of a net when extended. An entire net or lot of netting is considered to be of the same mesh size as the majority of ten or more meshes in any part of the net or lot at least three meshes removed from the selvage or side lines selected at random.

Subp. 3.

Net stretch measurement.

"Net stretch measurement" means the interior distance between opposite knots or corners of a single mesh of a net, taken between the thumb and forefingers and applying enough pressure laterally to allow the opposite side of the mesh to meet. An entire net or lot of netting is considered to be of the same mesh size as the majority of ten or more meshes in any part of the net or lot of netting at least three meshes removed from the selvage or side lines selected at random.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.0200 COMMERCIAL FISHING CONDITIONS AND PROHIBITIONS.

Subpart 1.

License, permit, or contract required.

A person may not conduct a commercial fishing operation on any waters of the state except under license, permit, or contract and in conformance with the requirements of the license, permit, contract, parts 6260.0100 to 6260.2400, and other applicable law. The commissioner may require any commercial operator to cease fishing operations when the commissioner finds that the operations are destructive to game fish or for any other reasonable cause.

Subp. 2.

Angling license requirements.

Permittees, contractors, licensed commercial operators, or their helpers may not engage in any commercial fish removal operations without first being in possession of a valid Minnesota angling license or be otherwise permitted by law to take fish by angling.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.0300 COMMERCIAL FISHING PERMIT ISSUANCE.

Subpart 1.

Issuance of permits for listed species.

The commissioner may issue the permits listed in subparts 2 to 4 for the taking of listed species of fish by means and conditions and in such waters and times as may be necessary for the removal of the listed species.

Subp. 2.

Class A permits.

Class A permits may be issued for the use of a hand-held implement or device used by a single operator.

Subp. 3.

Class B permits.

Class B permits may be issued for:

A.

permanently or temporarily installed traps in waters of the state with fish migrations;

B.

the use of seines, hoop nets, and fyke nets by persons other than licensed inland commercial operators;

C.

licensed inland commercial operators to fish waters other than the core waters of their assigned area;

D.

licensed inland commercial operators to fish unassigned waters; or

E.

licensed inland commercial operators to crib fish in waters other than where taken.

Subp. 4.

Class C permits.

Class C permits may be issued for:

A.

licensed inland commercial operators to fish waters assigned to other inland commercial operators;

B.

licensed inland commercial operators to use gear other than seines or hoopnets; or

C.

experimental, research, or special projects.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97A.475; 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83; 23 SR 348; 32 SR 1039; L 2014 c 289 s 69

Published Electronically:

August 4, 2014

6260.0400 COMMERCIAL FISHING REPORTS.

All commercial fishing operators must submit reports, on forms provided by the commissioner, on their commercial fishing activities containing all information as required by the commissioner. Issuance of licenses, contracts, or permits may be delayed until all reports have been received. The commissioner may revoke a commercial fishing license, contract, or permit of a person who fails to submit reports.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.0500 REQUIRED NOTIFICATION OF OPERATIONS.

Subpart 1.

Notification of activities.

Licensed commercial operators must notify the area fisheries supervisor of each operation prior to the start of any fishing activity. If contact with the area fisheries supervisor cannot be made, the local conservation officer must be notified.

Subp. 2.

Notification of lost or stolen nets.

Licensed commercial operators must notify the area fisheries supervisor on the same day of discovering any lost or stolen nets. A licensed commercial operator must report where a lost or stolen net was last known to be located. If contact with the area fisheries supervisor cannot be made, the local conservation officer must be notified.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83; 28 SR 629

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.0600 INSPECTION BY COMMISSIONER.

Inland commercial fish operators, their helpers, records, premises, and operating sites, are subject to and must be available for supervision and inspection by the commissioner with respect to all commercial fishing activities and transactions, including the disposition of fish removed.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.0700 ENTRY UPON OR USE OF LAND.

The licensee, permittee, or contractor must obtain any permission necessary for entry upon or use of land in connection with the fishing operations. Issuance of the license, permit, or contract is not a guarantee by the state of access to or use of land, nor does the state have any obligation to obtain permission for access or use.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.0800 DISPOSITION OF NONLICENSED SPECIES.

Licensed commercial operators must use all reasonable means to avoid taking, killing, or injuring fish other than those which may be lawfully taken under their license. Fish of any kind not permitted to be lawfully taken in licensed commercial fishing operations must be immediately returned to the water.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.0900 SPORT ANGLING EQUIPMENT RESTRICTIONS.

Licensed commercial operators, crew members, or any person associated with the commercial taking of fish may not possess any game fish or sport angling equipment while operating licensed commercial fishing gear or while traveling to or from the place of operation of the gear.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.1000 DISCOVERY OF A FISH KILL.

Upon the discovery of a fish kill, an operator must notify the area fisheries supervisor as soon as possible.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.1100 MARKING UNCOVERED HOLES IN ICE.

Uncovered holes through the ice must be marked in accordance with part 6110.1500, subpart 5, item F. Marking signs must be obtained and placed by the operator.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83; 22 SR 292

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.1200 PROPER MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF FISHING GEAR.

Commercial fish operators must perform all measures necessary to ensure proper maintenance and operation of their fishing gear, including webbing repair of nets and daily cleaning of stationary fish trap panels.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.1300 PREVENTION OF INTERFERENCE WITH PUBLIC USE OF WATERS.

Commercial fish operators must make every effort to prevent interference with navigation, recreational activities, other authorized commercial fishing operations, game fish spawning areas, or other public use of the public waters in which they are operating. They may not, in their operations, materially impede or obstruct the flow of water or cause any overflow upon public or private property.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

GEAR FOR TAKING ROUGH FISH

6260.1400 GEAR SPECIFICATIONS FOR TAKING ROUGH FISH.

Subpart 1.

Seine specifications.

The mesh of seines may not be more than the following specifications:

A.

Seine bag: three inches, stretch measure.

B.

The first 300 feet of seine on each side of the bag: three inches, stretch measure.

C.

The mesh in the balance of the seine: five inches, stretch measure.

Subp. 2.

Hoop net specifications.

Hoop nets may not have center leads over 25 feet long nor hoops that exceed four feet in diameter. The mesh in all hoop nets, including leads, may not be over two inches stretch measure. Twine used in hoop nets, including leads, may not be smaller than size 18.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

COMMERCIAL FISHING IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS

6260.1500 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON NAMAKAN AND SAND POINT LAKES.

Subpart 1.

Species, seasons, and limits.

Whitefish and rough fish may be taken by licensed commercial operators in Namakan Lake and Sand Point Lake only from January 1 through March 15 and from May 16 through December 31.

The minimum size limit for whitefish taken by commercial fishing operations is 18 inches total length.

Subp. 2.

Use of gill nets.

Gill net sections of 500 feet in length or less in Namakan Lake are considered a single net. Gill nets may not extend more that 50 meshes in depth when in operation. Gill nets may be set in connected strings of any number.

Subp. 3.

Use of pound and fyke nets.

The mesh of the pound in pound and fyke nets may not exceed four inches, stretch measure.

Subp. 4.

Use of submerged trap nets.

The mesh of the pound or crib of submerged trap nets may not exceed three inches, stretch measure.

Subp. 5.

Restrictions on gear.

The provisions of this subpart apply to commercial gear restrictions on Namakan and Sand Point Lakes:

A.

Gill nets and submerged trap nets must contain a buoy at each end of each net or string of nets and each buoy must be marked with a white flag extending not less than three feet above the water. The flag must not be less than one foot square.

B.

Pound, fyke, and submerged trap nets may be set in connected strings of not more than two.

C.

Licensees may not operate more than 3,500 feet of gill nets on Namakan Lake.

D.

All nets must be lifted and emptied of fish at least once in every 48-hour period when set in open water and at least once in every 96-hour period, weather permitting, when set under the ice.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97A.045

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.1600 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON RAINY LAKE.

Subpart 1.

Species, seasons, and limits.

Whitefish and rough fish may be taken by licensed commercial operators in Rainy Lake from June 1 through December 31 subject to the specified length limits. The minimum length for whitefish taken by commercial fishing operations is 18 inches.

Subp. 2.

Use of pound nets.

Pound net leads may not exceed 825 feet in length. Pound nets may be not set in connected strings of more than two.

Subp. 3.

Net locations.

Nets may not be set within 500 feet of the mouth of any stream nor within that portion of Rainy Lake, including Black Bay, within the boundaries of Koochiching County under the jurisdiction of this state. Under special permit, pound, trap, or fyke nets may be set at any place within any closed area of Rainy Lake which is approved by the commissioner during the period from June 15 through April 15 for the sole purpose of taking rough fish and whitefish. Nets may not be lifted except during daylight hours.

Subp. 4.

Lifting of nets.

All nets in Rainy Lake must be lifted and emptied of fish at least once in every 48-hour period, unless a longer period is granted by the commissioner.

Subp. 5.

Special provisions for commercial fishing on Rainy Lake.

The provisions in this subpart apply to commercial fishing operations on Rainy Lake:

A.

Monthly reports must be submitted by the tenth day of the month following the month reported to Area Fisheries Headquarters.

B.

In case of the death of a licensed commercial operator during the fishing season, the operator's legal representative or successor in interest succeeds to the rights of the deceased license holder and may continue operations under the license until its expiration.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97A.045

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.1700 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON LAKE OF THE WOODS.

Subpart 1.

Species, seasons, and limits.

The commercial fishing season on Lake of the Woods is January 1 through December 31.

Subp. 2.

Use of fyke nets.

Fyke nets may be used as provided by Minnesota Statutes, section 97C.825, except that a lead may not exceed 300 feet in length. The size of the mesh in the crib may not be less than 2-1/2 inches nor more than four inches, stretch measure. The wings may not exceed 100 feet in length and the lead may not exceed 300 feet in length. The hoops may not exceed six feet in height.

Subp. 3.

Use of staked trap nets.

The crib of staked trap nets in Lake of the Woods may not exceed 22 feet on any side with the top open and breaching the water surface. The lead may not exceed 400 feet in length.

Subp. 4.

Use of pound nets.

There is no limit on the size of the crib of pound nets in Lake of the Woods. The crib must have an opening at the top breaching the water surface. The lead may not exceed 825 feet in length.

Subp. 5.

Use of submerged trap nets.

Submerged trap nets in Lake of the Woods must contain a buoy at each end of each net and each buoy must be marked with a yellow or blaze orange flag displaying not less than one square foot of surface and rising not less than three feet above the water. Attached to the staff of each buoy must be an identification tag. The minimum size of the tag must be 2-1/2 inches by five-eighths inch. Each tag must have the operator's name and license number engraved upon it.

Subp. 6.

Restrictions on gear used in Lake of the Woods.

The provisions in this subpart apply to commercial gear restrictions on Lake of the Woods:

A.

Fyke, staked trap, and pound nets have no depth limitation, but may be set only in areas specified in the license, and may be set in strings of not more than two.

B.

Commercial fishing in Lake of the Woods is prohibited within 500 feet of the mouth of any stream, within two miles of the lakeside shoreline of Pine Island, or in Four Mile Bay and Zippel Bay.

In Muskeg Bay from June 20 through October 14, no portion of a net may be in water less than 15 feet deep. Along the southern shoreline of Big Traverse Bay from June 1 through October 14, no portion of a net may be in water less than 15 feet deep. Submerged trap nets may be set in strings of not more than two. Submerged trap nets may not be placed in the Northwest Angle Inlet west of a line from a point on the international boundary midway between Buckets Island and Magnuson Island; thence southeasterly to the easterly shore of Magnuson Island; thence southerly and westerly along said shore to the line between Twp. 168 N., Rge. 34 W., Sec. 23 and Sec. 24; thence south to the shore of the mainland in Twp. 168 N., Rge. 34 W, Sec. 26.

C.

All nets must be lifted and emptied of fish at least once every 48-hour period in Lake of the Woods, unless a longer period is granted by the commissioner.

Subp. 7.

Required reporting.

Commercial operators licensed to fish Lake of the Woods must submit monthly reports on forms provided by the commissioner for each month that commercial fishing activity takes place. The reports must be sent to the address identified on the form so that they are received by the tenth day of the month following the month that the activity took place.

Subp. 8.

Apprentice license restrictions.

A person may not be issued more than one apprentice license for Lake of the Woods.

Subp. 9.

Operation under two licenses.

A person may not operate under a master and a helper commercial fishing license during the same license year on Lake of the Woods.

Subp. 10.

Death of commercial operator.

In case of the death of a licensed commercial operator licensed to fish Lake of the Woods, the operator's legal representative or successor in interest succeeds to the rights of the deceased license holder, and may continue operations under the license until its expiration.

Subp. 11.

Required stake removal.

Within ten days after removing nets, commercial operators must remove from the lake bed all net stakes used in their operations.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97A.045; 97C.811; 97C.841

History:

18 SR 83; 23 SR 348; 32 SR 1039

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

COMMERCIAL FISHING ON LAKE SUPERIOR

6260.1800 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON LAKE SUPERIOR.

Subpart 1.

Species, seasons, and limits.

The species of fish in this subpart may be taken in Lake Superior by licensed commercial operators according to this subpart.

A.

Chubs, alewives, smelt, and rough fish may be taken at any time. Ciscoes may be taken from December 1 through October 31, except that ciscoes may be taken from November 1 through November 30 under a special permit approved by the commissioner.

B.

Lake whitefish and round whitefish may be taken in gill, pound, or trap nets under a special permit approved by the commissioner. Incidental catch of lake and round whitefish in other commercial fishing operations may be possessed but must be reported on forms provided by the commissioner.

C.

Lake trout and siscowet may not be taken by commercial fishing except by special permit. Lake trout and siscowet legally taken under permit or incidentally taken to commercial operations and dead when removed from the water may be possessed only if sealed with a tag, provided by the commissioner, affixed through the mouth and out the gill. Untagged lake trout and siscowet may not be possessed, bought, or sold by licensed commercial operators. All incidentally taken live lake trout and all untagged dead lake trout must be returned to the water immediately.

Subp. 2.

Use of gill nets.

While used on Lake Superior, a tag which is not smaller than 2-1/2 inches by five-eighths inch permanently bearing the owner's name and address must be attached to one end of the gill net float line near the first float.

While used on Lake Superior, cisco nets are considered gill nets which are weighted to fish in a floating or suspended position off the bottom, and chub nets are gill nets which are weighted to fish on the bottom.

Subp. 3.

Use of pound or trap nets.

Hoops and center leads of pound nets used on Lake Superior may be of any length and diameter. A trap net may not exceed six feet in height and a hoop may not exceed six feet in diameter. The webbing for pound or trap nets, including leads, may not exceed 2-1/2 inch stretch measure, or be of twine size less than 9 gauge or 70 pound strength. Pound or trap nets may not be set within one-quarter mile of the mouth of any stream unless approved by the commissioner. Pound or trap nets may not be set in harbors from May 25 through March 31, except for St. Louis Bay downstream (east) of the U.S. Highway 53 bridge, unless approved by the commissioner. Commercial operators must notify the Lake Superior Fisheries Office within 48 hours if they are unable to lift and empty pound or trap nets at least once every 48 hours. All net stakes, lines, and anchors must be removed from the lake bed within ten days of removing pound and trap nets. Commercial operators must notify the Lake Superior Fisheries Office prior to setting pound or trap nets and at the beginning of each week that pound or trap nets are used. The commissioner may deny the use of pound or trap nets during periods when such use would conflict with fisheries management activities. Pound or trap nets must be marked with a tag which is at least 2-1/2 inches by five-eighths inch permanently bearing the owner's name and address and attached to the top rope of the back side of the pound or crib. Trap nets set with anchors must have attached to the end farthest from shore one fluorescent orange or fluorescent red marker buoy constructed so that a minimum of 18 inches of buoy surface is visible above water in the absence of current or under the weight of nets and line. The number of the owner's Lake Superior commercial fishing license must be plainly marked, in black, on the marker buoy. The marker buoy must be marked with a fluorescent orange or fluorescent red flag, at least one foot square, attached to the top of a flagstaff at least five feet long, and the buoy constructed so that the flagstaff is supported in a vertical position. Each flagstaff must display one linear foot of reflective surface material immediately below the flag. All buoys and floats used in pound or trap net sets must be constructed of styrofoam, plastic, rubber, or other materials nonhazardous to navigation.

Subp. 4.

Required net markings.

Gill nets, when set in Lake Superior, must be attached at each end to fluorescent orange or fluorescent red marker buoys constructed such that a minimum of 18 inches of buoy surface is visible above water in the absence of current or under the weight of nets and lines. The number of the owner's Lake Superior commercial fishing license must be plainly marked, in black, on each end marker buoy. Each end marker buoy must be marked with a fluorescent orange or fluorescent red flag, at least one foot square, attached to the top of a flagstaff at least five feet long, and the buoy must be constructed so that the flagstaff is supported in a vertical position. Each flagstaff must display one linear foot of reflective surface material immediately below the flag. In addition, the marker buoy attached to the shoreward (or westerly) end of each set must have a one foot square white flag positioned immediately below the fluorescent orange or fluorescent red flag. No other staffs or flags employed in gill net sets may be marked with fluorescent orange or fluorescent red flags. Float or trip buoys used to support suspended nets for fishing cisco must be of vinyl or PVC material measuring a minimum of 15 inches in diameter of fluorescent red or orange color. All buoys and floats used in gill net sets must be constructed of styrofoam, plastic, rubber, or other materials nonhazardous to navigation.

Subp. 5.

Net limits for individual operators.

A.

No more than 100,000 feet of cisco net may be licensed in Minnesota waters of Lake Superior and no more than 2,000 feet of cisco net may be allocated to an individual licensee, except as provided by Minnesota Statutes, section 97C.835.

B.

No more than 100,000 feet of chub net may be licensed in Minnesota waters of Lake Superior and no more than 10,000 feet of chub net may be allocated to an individual licensee, except as provided by Minnesota Statutes, section 97C.835.

C.

No more than five pound nets shall be licensed in Minnesota waters for taking smelt. Taking smelt by commercial gear is allowed only in Minnesota's Lake Superior management zone 1, referenced as "MN1" on the map posted on the Department of Natural Resources' website.

Subp. 6.

Net locations.

Gill nets may not be set within one-quarter mile of the shore in the area extending from the Superior entrance to Pigeon River, except under permit issued by the commissioner. From June 1 through Labor Day, gill nets not under permit must be at least one-half mile from the entrance of marinas or public accesses. Gill nets set on the bottom may not be in water shallower than 50 fathoms if closer than one mile from the Minnesota shore and 40 fathoms if farther than one mile from the Minnesota shore except under permit.

Subp. 7.

Required reporting.

Commercial fishing operators must submit a record of their commercial fishing operations for each month of the calendar year on forms provided by the commissioner. These reports must be submitted to the address identified on the form so that they are received within ten days after the end of the month for which the report is made. Reports must be made regardless of whether fish are taken and regardless of whether any fishing operations have taken place. Separate records must be kept for each pound or trap net used in Lake Superior and St. Louis Bay. Reports for pound or trap nets must include the number of game fish kept and released, and must be submitted to the Lake Superior Office by the tenth day of each month for the preceding month, whether or not pound or trap nets were fished. Special permits may require more detailed reporting as described in subpart 8 or as a condition of the permit.

Subp. 8.

Permits for taking lake trout, siscowet, cisco, lake whitefish, and round whitefish.

A.

Only individuals currently licensed as commercial operators on Lake Superior may apply for permits to take lake trout, siscowet, cisco, lake whitefish, and round whitefish. Applicants must apply in writing on forms provided by the commissioner. Applications must be completed in full and returned by April 15 of each year for lake trout and by October 15 of each year for cisco to the address specified on the application. Applications for lake whitefish, round whitefish, and siscowet may be submitted at any time.

B.

The permittee must be present on the vessel when setting, lifting, and processing fish. The permittee must provide, on forms provided by the commissioner:

(1)

monthly records of harvest for lake trout;

(2)

weekly records of harvest for cisco;

(3)

records for lake whitefish, round whitefish, and siscowet as specified in the permit; and

(4)

other records or information as specified in the permits.

Harvest reports from the previous year must be received before any new permits are issued the next year. Noncompliance of reporting may result in revocation or denial of permits.

C.

The number of permits within an area (zone and grid) and harvest are limited as follows:

(1)

for lake trout:

(a)

no more than ten permits per zone per season shall be issued with no more than two permits allowed per statistical grid as identified in a grid map. The commissioner shall conduct a lottery if more than ten applications are received for a specific zone or more than two applications are received for a specific grid;

(b)

no more than two gill net gangs shall be authorized per permit and the gill net gangs must be set only during the time period identified on the permit;

(c)

no more than 1,000 lake trout may be taken under an individual permit; and

(d)

no more than 1,000 lake trout may be taken in a grid; and

(2)

for cisco:

(a)

by October 15 of each year, the commissioner shall review cisco population and harvest data and establish a cisco harvest allocation for each zone and for each permit; and

(b)

no more than three permits per statistical grid shall be authorized.

D.

The commissioner may specify conditions for permits to protect the species, including:

(1)

when authorized activities may be conducted, including days of the week or other time restrictions;

(2)

where net sets may be located;

(3)

how authorized activities are conducted, including harvest methods;

(4)

monthly or annual limits on the number or pounds of fish species that may be removed in the permitted zones and grids; and

(5)

the number and length of gill nets.

E.

The commissioner shall consider the following criteria when making a decision on specifying conditions for a permit:

(1)

whether the applicant is qualified to conduct the activities authorized by the permit;

(2)

whether the activity will advance knowledge, understanding, interpretation, or management of a fish species, fish community, or water body;

(3)

impacts to spawning fish, spawning areas, critical habitat, or fish communities;

(4)

whether the activity is detrimental or helps achieve management objectives for the specific water body;

(5)

whether water temperature, water quality conditions, or pathogens would lead to undue mortality or spread of diseases or invasives; and

(6)

whether the activities during high-use periods are anticipated to cause user conflicts.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 14.388; 97A.045; 97A.418; 97C.041; 97C.345; 97C.811; 97C.821; 97C.835; 97C.836

History:

18 SR 83; 20 SR 2287; 23 SR 348; 32 SR 1044; 37 SR 1664

Published Electronically:

September 10, 2018

COMMERCIAL FISHING ON INLAND MISSISSIPPI RIVER

6260.1900 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON INLAND MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

Subpart 1.

Species, seasons, and limits.

Rough fish may be taken in the Mississippi River from the St. Croix River junction to St. Anthony Falls, including the following waters:

Waters County Description
A. River Lake Dakota T.27 N.; R.22 W.; S.23,26,27
B. Spring Lake Dakota T.115 N.; R.18 W.; S.13,14,15, 16,17,18,21,22,23
C. Pickerel Lake Dakota and Ramsey T.28 N; R.23 W.;S.12,13
D. Pig's Eye Lake except for the following portions known as Hog Lake (T.28N, R.22W, SE 1/4 of the S 1/2 of S.15) and the channel running from Pig's Eye Lake through Hog Lake to the main channel of the Mississippi River (T.28N, R.22W, NW 1/4, NE 1/4 of the N 1/2 of S.22) Ramsey T.28N; R.22W; S.10,11,14,15,23
E. Baldwin Lake Washington T.26 N.; R.22 W.; S.1; T.27 N.; R.22 W.; S.25,26,35,36
F. Connelly's Lake (Conley) Washington T.26 N.; R.20 W.; S.7,8
G. Grey Cloud Slough Washington T.27 N.; R.21 W.; S.30,31,32,33; T.27 N.; R.22 W.; S.24,25
H. Moore Lake Washington T.27 N.; R.21 W.; S.30; T.27 N.; R.22 W.; S.25,26

Subp. 2.

[Repealed, 32 SR 1039]

Subp. 3.

[Repealed, 32 SR 1039]

Subp. 4.

[Repealed, 32 SR 1039]

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97A.045; 97C.401; 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83; 24 SR 1849; 32 SR 1039

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

COMMERCIAL FISHING ON INLAND WATERS

6260.2000 COMMERCIAL FISHING ON INLAND WATERS.

Subpart 1.

[Repealed, 20 SR 2287]

Subp. 2.

Assignment of fishing areas.

Licensees will be assigned an inland commercial fishing area at the time the license is issued. When it is determined that the issuance of a class B or C permit is desirable for waters which are included within the boundaries of an existing licensee's specified fishing area, that licensee will be given the first opportunity to apply for the permit, and will be considered before other applicants. When it is determined that the issuance of a contract is desirable for waters which are included within the boundaries of an existing licensee's specified fishing area, that licensee must be given first opportunity to apply for the contract, and must be considered before other applicants.

Subp. 3.

Use of seines.

The mesh in the seine bag and first 150 feet of each side of the bag used in inland waters may not be larger than three inches, stretch measure. The balance of the seine may not be of mesh size larger than five inches, stretch measure. There is no limit on the depth of the seine measured perpendicularly from cork line to lead line or in the twine size or strength.

Subp. 4.

Use of hoop nets.

Center leads of hoop nets used in inland waters may not exceed 25 feet in length and hoops may not exceed four feet in diameter. The webbing for the entire net may not exceed 2-3/4 inches, stretch measure, or be of twine size less than 18 gauge or 150 pound strength.

Subp. 5.

Use of crib nets.

Crib net design for inland waters is at the discretion of the operator, except that mesh size in cribs may not be larger than 2-3/4 inches, stretch measure for cribbing of bullheads and three inches stretch measure for cribbing of other rough fish species, or be of twine size smaller than 18 gauge or 150 pound strength. Wooden cribs must be constructed so that the sides and bottoms have no openings larger than 1-1/4 inches for bullheads and 1-1/2 inches for other rough fish species.

Subp. 6.

Restrictions on seines and hoop nets.

Seines and hoop nets used in inland commercial fishing operations must be of a design which will allow the release of nontarget species unharmed.

Subp. 7.

Marking of hoop nets.

A tag having a minimum size of 2-1/2 inches by five-eighths inch and permanently bearing the name and residence address of the operator must be attached to the top side of the end hoop and near the top of a hoop net stake of hoop nets used in inland waters. Hoop net stakes must also be marked with an orange or yellow flag, at least one foot square, the upper end of which extends at least three feet above the surface of the water or ice. Hoop nets that are set in open water with anchors must be marked with white buoys of at least one gallon displacement bearing the name and residence of the operator in contrasting color.

Subp. 8.

Marking of seines.

A tag having a minimum size of 2-1/2 inches by five-eighths inch and permanently bearing the name and residence address of the operator must be placed near the first float on one end of the float line of seines used in inland waters.

Subp. 9.

Lifting of hoop nets.

Hoop nets must be checked not less than two times in each seven-day period during open water fishing in inland waters and not less than one time in each seven-day period when fishing under ice.

All commercial fish removal operations must be conducted during daylight hours, when feasible. The area fisheries supervisor must be notified immediately in the instance of an exception.

Subp. 10.

Removal of gear.

All commercial fishing gear and equipment must be removed from inland waters at the time a license, permit, or contract becomes void. Hoop nets must be removed from the water during the period between freeze-up in the fall and ice-out in the spring.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.345; 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83; 20 SR 2287; 28 SR 629

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS

6260.2100 INTENSITY AND TIMING OF FISHING EFFORTS.

Licensees, permittees, or contractors must make an effort to take fish in the specified area which effort is satisfactory by the commissioner. Failure to make a satisfactory effort may be grounds for nonrenewal of the license, permit, or contract.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.2200 LICENSE REVOCATION.

Upon revocation of the license, permit, or contract, operators may not be eligible for another license, permit, or contract until one year from the date of the revocation.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

INLAND COMMERCIAL FISHING AREAS

6260.2300 COMMERCIAL FISHING AREAS WITHIN INDIAN RESERVATIONS.

Those portions of the inland commercial fishing areas and core waters established by part 6260.2400 that lie within the established boundaries of Indian reservations are not subject to the provisions of parts 6260.0100 to 6260.2400.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811

History:

18 SR 83

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.2400 DESCRIPTION OF INLAND COMMERCIAL FISHING AREAS.

Subpart 1.

Identification of inland commercial fishing areas.

The areas described in this part are established as inland commercial fishing areas. Within each area, the specified waters are hereby designated as core waters. Core waters are identified by name and county, Division of Waters identification number (Id. No.), (Township (Twp.)), (Range (Rge.)), and (Section (Sec.) number).

Subp. 2.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 1.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 1 consists of all of Lincoln and Lyon Counties lying south of State Highway No. 19 and all of Murray County lying north of State Highway No. 30.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Bloody Lake, Murray Co. 51-40 108 40 20, 28, 29
Fox Lake, Murray Co. 51-43 108 40 21, 22, 27, 28
Shetek Lake, Murray Co. 51-46 107, 108 40-41 Various
Sarah Lake, Murray Co. 51-63 108 41 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22
Currant Lake, Murray Co. 51-82 108 42, 43 7, 18; 12, 13

Subp. 3.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 2.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 2 consists of all of Nobles, Jackson, and Cottonwood Counties plus all of Murray County lying south of State Highway No. 30.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
North Oaks Lake, Cottonwood Co. 17-44 105, 106 38 5, 8, 32
Talcot Lake, Cottonwood and Murray Counties 17-60 105 38, 39 17-20, 30; 24, 25
Loon Lake, Jackson Co. 32-20 101 35, 36 18, 19; 13, 24, 25
First Fulda (South Fulda Lake), Murray Co. 51-21 105 40 35, 36
West Graham Lake, Nobles Co. 53-21 104 39 15, 16, 21, 22

Subp. 4.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 3.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 3 consists of all of Watonwan and Martin Counties.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
East Chain Lake, Martin Co. 46-10 101 29, 30 7, 18, 19; 13, 24
South Silver Lake, Martin Co. 46-20 101 30 29-32
Bright Lake, Martin Co. 46-52 101 31 8, 9, 16, 17
Fox Lake, Martin Co. 46-109 102, 103 32 4-6; 31-34
Cedar Lake, Martin Co. 46-121 103, 104 32,33 19, 30; 1; 24, 25, 26

Subp. 5.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 4.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 4 consists of all of the area that lies within a boundary line starting at the city of Montevideo; thence north on State Highway No. 29 to Chippewa County Highway No. 13; thence west across the Minnesota River and continuing west on Lac Qui Parle County Highway No. 20 to Lac Qui Parle County Highway No. 31; thence south to U.S. Highway No. 212; thence east to U.S. Highway No. 59; thence south to State Highway No. 67; thence east to State Highway No. 23; thence south to Lyon County Highway No. 10; thence east and continuing east on Yellow Medicine County Highway No. 1 to Redwood County Highway No. 7; thence north across the Minnesota River and continuing north on Renville County Highway No. 9 to the Chippewa County line; thence west to State Highway No. 23; thence north to State Highway No. 7; thence west to Montevideo, the point of beginning.

The Core Waters are the Minnesota River lying within the described boundary.

Subp. 6.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 5.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 5 consists of all of the area that lies within a boundary line starting at the city of Paynesville; thence west on State Highway No. 23 to State Highway No. 55; thence west to the Kandiyohi County line; thence north to the Stearns County line; thence west to U.S. Highway No. 71; thence south to U.S. Highway No. 12 at Willmar; thence west to the Kandiyohi County line; thence south to the Swift County line; thence west to State Highway No. 7; thence north to State Highway No. 119 at Appleton; thence north to U.S. Highway No. 12; thence crossing U.S. Highway No. 12 and continuing north on Swift County Highway No. 5 to Swift County Highway No. 22; thence west to Big Stone County Highway No. 25 at Artichoke; thence south to State Highway No. 7 at Correll; thence west to U.S. Highway No. 75; thence south to Lac Qui Parle County Highway No. 34; thence east to State Highway No. 119; thence south to Lac Qui Parle County Highway No. 20; thence east crossing the Minnesota River and continuing east on Chippewa County Highway No. 13 to State Highway No. 29; thence south to State Highway No. 7 at Montevideo; thence east to State Highway No. 23; thence south to the Renville County line; thence east to the Meeker County line; thence north to the Stearns County line; thence east to Stearns County Highway No. 2; thence north to State Highway No. 23 at Cold Spring; thence west to Paynesville, the point of beginning.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Marsh Lake, Big Stone, Lac Qui Parle, and Swift Counties 6-1 120 43, 44 Various
Big Kandiyohi Lake, Kandiyohi Co. 34-86 117, 118 34 3; 20-23, 26-29, 31
Lac Qui Parle Lake, Lac Qui Parle, Chippewa, and Swift Counties 37-46 118-120 42, 43 Various
Cedar Island Lake, Stearns Co. 73-133 123 30, 31 30-32; 24, 25, 36
Horseshoe Lake, Stearns Co. 73-157 123 31 25, 26, 34-36

Subp. 7.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 6.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 6 consists of all of the area that lies within a boundary line starting at the city of Willmar; thence west on U.S. Highway No. 12 to the Swift County line; thence south to the Chippewa County line; thence west to State Highway No. 7; thence north to State Highway No. 119 at Appleton; thence north to U.S. Highway No. 12; thence crossing U.S. Highway No. 12 and continuing north on Swift County Highway No. 5 to Swift County Highway No. 22; thence west to Big Stone County Highway No. 25 at Artichoke; thence north to the Stevens County line; thence east to the Pope County line and continuing east including that portion of Camp Lake lying in Pope County, to the Kandiyohi County line and continuing east to U.S. Highway No. 7; thence south to Willmar, the point of beginning.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Long Lake, Kandiyohi Co. 34-192 120 35 11-15, 22, 23
East Solomon Lake, Kandiyohi Co. 34-246 120 35, 36 20, 21, 28-30; 25
Monson Lake, Swift Co. 76-33 121, 122 37 3; 35, 36
Camp Lake, Swift and Pope Counties 76-72 122, 123 38 1; 36
Oliver Lake, Swift Co. 76-146 121, 122 43 1; 26, 27, 35, 36

Subp. 8.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 7.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 7 consists of all that area starting at the junction of Minnesota State Highway No. 19 and the South Dakota border in Lincoln County; thence east on State Highway No. 19 to U.S. Highway No. 75; thence north crossing Yellow Medicine and Lac Qui Parle counties to the junction of State Highway No. 7; thence east to the junction of Big Stone County Highway No. 25 at Correll; thence north to the Stevens County line; thence following the Stevens County line west and then north to the Grant County line and continuing north to the northern Traverse County line; thence west to the Minnesota-North Dakota state boundary; thence south to the Minnesota-South Dakota state boundary and continuing south on the border to point of beginning at the junction of Minnesota State Highway No. 19 and the South Dakota border in Lincoln County.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Big Stone Lake, Big Stone County of Minnesota and Roberts and Grant Counties of SD 6-152 121-124 46-49 Various
Hendricks Lake, Lincoln County of MN and Brookings County of SD 41-110 112 46, 47 18, 19; 13, 24
Mud Lake, Traverse County of MN and Roberts County of SD 78-24 127, 128 47, 48 Various
Traverse Lake, Traverse County of MN and Roberts County of SD 78-25 125, 127 47-49 Various

Subp. 9.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 8.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 8 consists of all of Stevens, Grant, and Pope Counties excluding Reno Lake (Pope and Douglas Counties), but including Christina Lake (Grant and Douglas Counties).

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Pelican Lake, Grant and Douglas Counties 26-2 130 40, 41 18, 19; 11-15 22-27, 34, 35
Barrett Lake, Grant Co. 26-95 128 41, 42 6, 7; 1, 12
Pomme de Terre Lake, Grant Co. 26-97 129, 130 41, 42 5-7; 29-32; 12; 25, 36
Gilchrist Lake, Pope Co. 61-72 123 37, 38 6-8, 17, 18; 1
Pelican Lake, Pope Co. 61-111 125 38 9, 10, 16
Minnewaska Lake, Pope Co. 61-130 125 38, 39 Various
Emily Lake, Pope Co. 61-180 124 39, 40 Various
Perkins Lake, Stevens Co. 75-75 126 41 19, 20, 29, 30
Hattie Lake, Stevens Co. 75-200 124 43 20, 21, 28, 29

Subp. 10.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 9.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 9 consists of all of Douglas County excluding Christina Lake (Grant and Douglas Counties), but including Reno Lake (Pope and Douglas Counties).

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Victoria Lake, Douglas Co. 21-54 128 37 21, 22, 27-29
Maple Lake, Douglas Co. 21-79 127 37, 38 19, 20, 29-31; 25, 36
Mary Lake, Douglas Co. 21-92 127, 128 38 4-9, 16-18; 32, 33
Pocket Lake, Douglas Co. 21-140 127 38, 39 18, 19; 24-26
Freeborn Lake, Douglas Co. 21-162 127 39 19, 20
Red Rock Lake, Douglas Co. 21-291 127, 128 40 5; 28, 29, 32, 33
Reno Lake, Pope and Douglas Counties 61-78 126, 127 37, 38 Various

Subp. 11.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 10.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 10 consists of that part of Otter Tail County that lies south of a boundary line starting at the junction of State Highway No. 29 and the eastern Otter Tail County line; thence west on State Highway No. 29 to Otter Tail County Highway No. 52; thence west to State Highway No. 108 and continuing west to State Highway No. 78; thence north to Otter Tail County Highway No. 1; thence west to Otter Tail County Highway No. 3; thence crossing Otter Tail County Highway No. 3 and continuing west on Otter Tail County Highway No. 10 through Elizabeth to the western Otter Tail County line.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Fish Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-66 131 37, 38 30; 25, 26
East Leaf Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-116 134 38 22-26
East Battle Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-138 132, 133 38, 39 Various
Stuart (Stewart) Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-191 132, 133 39 3, 4, 10; 33, 34
North Turtle Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-379 133 40, 41 19, 30; 23-26, 32-35
Bass Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-570 133 41, 42 31, 32; 36
North Ten Mile Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-604 131 42 16, 17, 20, 21
Ten Mile (South Ten Mile) Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-613 131 42 21, 27-29, 32-34

Subp. 12.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 11.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 11 consists of that part of Otter Tail County bounded by a line starting at the junction of State Highway No. 29 and the eastern boundary line of Otter Tail County; thence north on the Otter Tail County line to the southern Becker County line; thence west to U.S. Highway No. 10; thence south to State Highway No. 228; thence west to Otter Tail County Highway No. 4; thence south to Otter Tail County Highway No. 35 at Vergas and continuing south to Otter Tail County Highway No. 1; thence east to State Highway No. 78; thence south to State Highway No. 108; thence east to Otter Tail County Highway No. 52 and continuing east to State Highway No. 29 and continuing east to the eastern Otter Tail County line, the point of beginning.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Big Pine Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-130 136, 137 38 Various
Little Pine Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-142 136, 137 38, 39 Various
Buchanan Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-209 134, 135 39 1, 2, 11; 35, 36
Round Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-214 135 39 22, 27
Mud Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-222 136, 137 39 3, 4; 34, 35
Dead Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-383 134, 135 40, 41 Various

Subp. 13.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 12.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 12 consists of that part of Otter Tail County bounded by a line starting at the junction of U.S. Highway No. 10 and the northern Otter Tail County line; thence west to the eastern Clay County line; thence south to the southern Clay County line; thence west to the Wilkin County line; thence south to Otter Tail County Highway No. 10; thence east to Otter Tail County Highway No. 3; thence crossing Otter Tail County Highway No. 3 and continuing east on Otter Tail County Highway No. 1 to Otter Tail County Highway No. 35; thence north to Otter Tail County Highway No. 4 and continuing north through Vergas to State Highway No. 228; thence east to U.S. Highway No. 10; thence north to the Otter Tail County line, the point of beginning.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Star Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-385 135, 136 40, 41 Various
East Spirit Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-501 136 41 4, 5, 8, 9, 16, 17
Franklin Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-759 136-137 42 3, 4, 21, 22 27, 28, 33, 34
Little Pelican Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-761 137 42 1, 2, 11, 12
Lizzie Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-760 136-137 42 3-9, 20, 28-33
Long (North Long) Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-784 134 42, 43 7, 18; 10-14
Prairie Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-915 136 43 10, 11, 14, 15
Tamarac Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-931 137 43 14, 15, 22, 23, 26
Sand Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-942 137 43 35, 36
South Lida Lake, Otter Tail Co. 56-747-2 135 42 4, 5, 8, 9, 32, 33

Subp. 14.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 13.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 13 consists of that part of Becker County west of U.S. Highway No. 59.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Monson (Munson) Lake, Becker Co. 3-357 138 41 5, 8
Sallie Lake, Becker Co. 3-359 138 41 7-9, 16-20
Melissa Lake, Becker Co. 3-475 138 41, 42 19-21, 28-32; 25
Little Cormorant Lake, Becker Co. 3-506 138, 139 42 4, 5; 28-33
Big Cormorant Lake, Becker Co. 3-576 138 42, 43 7, 18, 19, 30; 1, 11-14, 22-25
Upper Cormorant Lake, Becker Co. 3-588 138 43 4, 5, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17

Subp. 15.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 14.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 14 consists of that part of Becker County lying east of U.S. Highway No. 59 and all of Hubbard County south of Hubbard County Highway No. 9 except Steamboat Lake and all of Wadena County north of Wadena County Highway No. 9.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Shell Lake, Becker Co. 3-102 140 37, 38 7, 18; 9-16, 21 23, 24
Toad (Big Toad) Lake, Becker Co. 3-107 139 38 4, 8-10, 15-17, 20, 21
Little Toad Lake, Becker Co. 3-189 139 39 23-26
Height of Land Lake, Becker Co. 3-195 139, 140 39 2-5, 9-11; 26-28, 32-34
Rock Lake, Becker Co. 3-293 140 40 16, 17, 20, 21, 28, 29
Detroit Lake, Becker Co. 3-381 138, 139 41 1-4, 9-15; 34-36
Little Floyd Lake, Becker Co. 3-386 139 41 2, 3, 10, 11
Floyd Lake, Becker Co. 3-387 139 41 3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 16

Subp. 16.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 16.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 16 consists of all of Meeker, McLeod, and Sibley Counties, plus that part of Wright County that lies south of U.S. Highway No. 12 and west of State Highway No. 25.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Francis Lake, Meeker and Wright Counties 47-2 120 28, 29 6, 7; 1, 11, 12
Jennie Lake, Meeker Co. 47-15 118 29 20, 21, 27-29, 32, 33
Big Swan Lake, Meeker Co. 47-38 119, 120 29 1, 2, 14; 35, 36
Betty Lake, Meeker Co. 47-42 121 29 23, 24
Belle Lake, Meeker and McCleod Counties 47-49 117, 118 30 2, 3; 26, 27, 35
Dunns Lake, Meeker Co. 47-82 119, 120 30 3; 34
Star Lake, Meeker Co. 47-129 118, 119 31 5-8; 31, 32
Ripley Lake, Meeker Co. 47-134 119 31 14, 15, 22-26
Collinwood Lake, Wright and Meeker Counties 86-293 118 28, 29 6, 7; 1, 12

Subp. 17.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 17.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 17 consists of all of Sherburne and Wright Counties except that part of Wright County that lies south of U.S. Highway No. 12 and west of State Highway No. 25.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Eagle Lake, Sherburne Co. 71-67 33, 34 27 6; 30-32
Buffalo Lake, Wright Co. 86-90 119, 120 25, 26 30, 31; 1; 25, 35, 36
Deer Lake, Wright Co. 86-107 119 26 1, 2
Waverly Lake, Wright Co. 86-114 119 26 28, 32, 33
Howard Lake, Wright Co. 86-199 118, 119 27 3, 4; 27, 28, 33, 34
Clearwater Lake, Wright and Stearns Counties 86-252 121, 122 27, 28 Various
Cokato Lake, Wright Co. 86-263 119 28 14, 15, 23

Subp. 18.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 18.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 18 consists of all of Anoka, Ramsey, and Washington Counties, plus that part of Dakota County bounded by a line from the junction of Highway I-494 and the eastern line of Washington County; thence west on Highway I-494 to State Highway No. 56; thence south to the northern boundary of Goodhue County; thence east, including Byllesby Lake, on the Dakota-Goodhue County line to the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Peltier Lake, Anoka Co. 2-4 31 22 2, 10, 11, 14, 15
Centerville Lake, Anoka Co. 2-6 31 22 14, 15, 22, 23
Byllesby Lake, Dakota and Goodhue Counties 19-6 112 18 8-10, 14-16
Long Lake, Ramsey Co. 62-67 30 23 17, 18, 20
Bone Lake, Washington Co. 82-54 32 20 4, 5, 8, 9
Clear Lake, Washington Co. 82-163 32 21 17, 18

Subp. 19.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 19.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 19 consists of all of Hennepin County excluding that part bounded by a line starting at the junction of the eastern Carver County line and U.S. Highway No. 169; thence easterly on U.S. Highway No. 169 to State Highway No. 5; thence west to the eastern Carver County line.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Bryant Lake, Hennepin Co. 27-67 116 22 2, 11
Medicine Lake, Hennepin Co. 27-104 118 22 14, 23-26
Minnetonka Lake, Hennepin and Carver Counties 27-133 116, 117 22-24 Various
Long Lake, Hennepin Co. 27-160 118 23 26, 34, 35
Independence Lake, Hennepin Co. 27-176 118 23, 24 7, 18, 19; 12, 13, 24

Subp. 20.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 20.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 20 consists of all of Scott and Carver Counties plus that part of Hennepin County bounded by a line starting at the junction of the eastern Carver County line and U.S. Highway No. 169; thence easterly on U.S. Highway No. 169 to State Highway No. 5; thence west to the eastern Carver County line, plus that part of Dakota county west of a line starting at the junction of Highway I-494 and the eastern Washington County line; thence west on Highway I-494 to State Highway No. 56; thence south to the northern Goodhue County line.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Parley Lake, Carver Co. 10-42 116 24 4, 5, 8, 9
Wassermann Lake, Carver Co. 10-48 116 24 14, 22, 23
Waconia Lake, Carver Co. 10-59 116 24, 25 6, 7, 18; 1, 2; 10-15
Staring Lake, Hennepin Co. 27-78 116 22 21, 22
Spring Lake, Scott Co. 70-54 114 22 3-5, 8-10
Cedar Lake, Scott Co. 70-91 113 22, 23 7, 18, 19; 12, 13, 24

Subp. 21.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 21.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 21 consists of all of Rice County except that part bounded by a line starting at the junction of the eastern LeSueur County line and Rice County Highway No. 12; thence east on Rice County Highway No. 12 to State Highway No. 60; thence west to the eastern LeSueur County line, plus that part of LeSueur County bounded by a line starting at the junction of LeSueur County Highway No. 14 and the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks; thence north on the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks to LeSueur County Highway No. 13 and continuing north on LeSueur County Highway No. 13 to LeSueur County Highway No. 12; thence west to Singing Hills Road, which courses the western end of Tetonka Lake; thence south to LeSueur County Highway No. 14; thence east to the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks, the point of beginning.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Circle Lake, Rice Co. 66-27 111 21 15-17, 21, 22
Fox Lake, Rice Co. 66-29 111 21 26, 27
Union Lake, Rice Co. 66-32 111, 112 21 2, 3; 35, 36
Rice Lake, Rice Co. 66-48 110 22 16, 17, 20, 21

Subp. 22.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 22.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 22 consists of all of LeSueur County except that part bounded by a line starting at the junction of the eastern Nicollet County line and State Highway No. 99; thence east on State Highway No. 99 to LeSueur County Highway No. 15 at Cleveland; thence south to LeSueur County Highway No. 13; thence east and south on LeSueur County Highway No. 13 to LeSueur County Highway No. 16; thence west to the northern Blue Earth County line and also excluding that part of LeSueur County bounded by a line starting at the junction of LeSueur County Highway No. 14 and the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks; thence north on the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks to LeSueur County Highway No. 13 and continuing north on LeSueur County Highway No. 13 to LeSueur County Highway No. 12; thence west to Singing Hills Road, which courses the western end of Tetonka Lake; thence south to LeSueur County Highway No. 14; thence east to the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks, plus that part of Rice County bounded by a line starting at the junction of the eastern LeSueur County line and Rice County Highway No. 12; thence east on Rice County Highway No. 12 to State Highway No. 60; thence west to the eastern LeSueur County line.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Dora Lake, LeSueur Co. 40-10 110 23 3, 4, 9, 10
Sabre Lake, LeSueur Co. 40-14 110 23 29, 30
Gorman Lake, LeSueur Co. 40-32 110 23, 24 7; 11-14
Frances Lake, LeSueur Co. 40-57 109 24 27-29, 32-35

Subp. 23.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 23.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 23 consists of all of Faribault, Waseca, Brown, and Blue Earth counties plus that part of LeSueur County bounded by the junction of the eastern Nicollet County line and State Highway No. 99; thence east on State Highway No. 99 to LeSueur County Highway No. 15 at Cleveland; thence south to LeSueur County Highway No. 13; thence east and south on LeSueur County Highway No. 13 to LeSueur County Highway No. 16; thence west to the northern Blue Earth County line.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Loon Lake, Blue Earth Co. 7-96 107 28 2-4, 10, 11
Crystal Lake, Blue Earth Co. 7-98 107, 108 28 4, 5; 32, 33
Hanska Lake, Brown Co. 8-26 108 31, 32 19, 28-30, 32, 33; 13-16, 23, 24
Washington Lake, LeSueur and Blue Earth Counties 40-117 109 25, 26 Various
Elysian Lake, Waseca and LeSueur Counties 81-95 108, 109 24 Various

Subp. 24.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 24.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 24 consists of all of Itasca County.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Blackberry Lake, Itasca Co. 31-210 55 24 28, 33
Split Hand Lake, Itasca Co. 31-353 53 25 14, 15, 22, 23, 26, 27, 35
Blandin Lake, Itasca Co. 31-533 55 25, 26 18-21; 13
Blackwater Lake, Itasca Co. 31-561 55 26 4, 7-10, 15-17
Bass Lake, Itasca Co. 31-576 55, 56 26 Various
Dora Lake, Itasca Co. 31-882 149, 150 27 Various

Subp. 25.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 25.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 25 consists of all of Clearwater and Beltrami Counties plus that part of Hubbard County lying north of Hubbard County Highway No. 9.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Rabideau Lake, Beltrami Co. 4-34 147, 148 30 8, 9, 16-20; 13
Blackduck Lake, Beltrami Co. 4-69 149 31 3-5, 8-11, 14-17
Gull Lake, Beltrami Co. 4-120 148, 149 32 1-4, 11; 26, 27, 34, 35
Three Island Lake, Beltrami Co. 4-134 148 32, 33 18, 19; 23-26
Irving Lake, Beltrami Co. 4-140 146 33 16, 17, 21
Julia Lake, Beltrami Co. 4-166 148, 149 33 4, 5; 32, 33
Minerva Lake, Clearwater Co. 15-79 145 37 13, 14
Pine Lake, Clearwater Co. 15-149 149 38 20-22, 27-29, 32, 33

Subp. 26.

[Repealed, 32 SR 1039]

Subp. 27.

[Repealed, 32 SR 1039]

Subp. 28.

[Repealed, 32 SR 1039]

Subp. 29.

[Repealed, 32 SR 1039]

Subp. 30.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 30.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 30 consists of all of Aitkin and Mille Lacs counties.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Minnewawa Lake, Aitkin Co. 1-33 49 23 16, 20-23, 26-29, 32, 33
Big Sandy Lake, Aitkin Co. 1-62 49, 50 23, 24 Various
Gun Lake, Aitkin Co. 1-99 48 25 8, 9, 16, 17, 20
Hill Lake, Aitkin Co. 1-142 52 26 2, 11-14, 23, 24
Farm Island Lake, Aitkin Co. 1-159 45, 46 27 4-6; 28, 29
Cedar Lake, Aitkin and Crow Wing Counties 1-209 46, 47 27, 28 4-7; 29-33; 1, 12

Subp. 31.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 31.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 31 consists of all of Pine, Kanabec, Isanti and Chisago Counties.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
South Center Lake, Chisago Co. 13-27 33, 34 20 2, 3, 4, 9, 10; 34, 35
Rush Lake, Chisago Co. 13-69 37 21, 22 19, 30; 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 20-25, 27, 28
Goose Lake, Chisago Co. 13-83 36, 37 22 3, 4, 9, 10, 15; 34
Green Lake, Isanti Co. 30-136 36 25 26-28, 33-35
Knife Lake, Kanabec Co. 33-28 40, 41 23, 24 1, 2, 10, 11, 15, 30, 31, 32
Cross Lake, Pine Co. 58-119 39 21 11, 14, 15, 22, 23, 27, 28, 33, 34
Pokegama Lake, Pine Co. 58-142 39 22 13, 14, 23-26, 35, 36

Subp. 32.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 32.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 32 consists of all of Crow Wing and Cass Counties.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
George Lake, Cass Co. 11-101 139, 140 26, 27 6, 7; 31; 1; 36
Woman Lake, Cass Co. 11-201 140, 141 28, 29 Various
Gull Lake, Cass and Crow Wing Counties 11-305 134, 135 28-30 Various
Pine Mountain Lake, Cass Co. 11-411 138, 139 30, 31 6, 19, 30, 24, 25, 36
Borden Lake, Crow Wing Co. 18-20 44 28 2, 9-11, 14-16, 22
Crooked Lake, Crow Wing Co. 18-41 45 28 16, 17, 19-21, 29, 30
Upper Long Lake, Crow Wing Co. 18-96 44 29 5, 7, 8, 18
Long Lake, Crow Wing Co. 18-136 44 29, 30 18; 13, 14, 22-24, 26, 27
Emily Lake, Crow Wing Co. 18-203 137, 138 26 2, 3; 26, 27, 34, 35

Subp. 33.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 33.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 33 consists of all of Todd, Morrison, Benton, and Stearns Counties except that part of Stearns County bounded by a line starting at the junction of Stearns County Highway No. 2 and the Meeker County line, near the community of Watkins; thence north on Stearns County Highway No. 2 to State Highway No. 23, near the community of Cold Spring; thence west on State Highway No. 23 to the junction of State Highway No. 55; thence west on State Highway No. 55 to the eastern Kandiyohi County line, plus that part of Wadena County lying south of Wadena County Highway No. 9.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Little Rock, Benton Co. 5-13 37, 38 31 2, 3, 10, 11, 14; 34, 35
Two Rivers Lake, Stearns Co. 73-138 125, 126 30, 31 6; 19, 30, 31, 36
Big Swan Lake, Todd Co. 77-23 128 32 7, 18-20, 29, 30
Big Birch Lake, Todd and Stearns Counties 77-84 126, 127 32, 33 Various

Subp. 34.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 34.

Inland Commercial Fishing Area No. 34 consists of all of Goodhue, Wabasha, Olmsted, and Winona Counties lying north of U.S. Highway I-90.

Core Waters Id. No. Twp. Rge. Sec.
Vermillion River, Goodhue Co. 113, 114 15, 16 Various
Goose Lake, Goodhue Co. 25-5 113 15 5-8
Brunner Lake, Goodhue Co. 25-6 113 15 6
Wildcat Lake, Goodhue Co. 25-7 113 15 NC8
Jones Lake, Goodhue Co. 25-8 113 15 SE8
Birch Lake, Goodhue Co. 25-9 113 15 8, 9
Larson Lake, Goodhue Co. 25-16 113, 114 15, 16 6; 31; 1
Upper Clear Lake, Goodhue Co. 25-18 114 16 22, 27
Clear Lake, Goodhue Co. 25-19 114 16 26, 35
Upper Rattling Springs Lake, Goodhue Co. 25-20 114 16 34, 35
Lower Rattling Springs Lake, Goodhue Co. 25-21 114 16 35
Zumbro Lake, Olmsted and Wabash Counties 55-414 108, 109 Various
Shady Lake, Olmsted Co. 55-5 108 14, 15 7, 8, 17, 18; 12

Statutory Authority:

MS s 97C.811; 97C.815

History:

18 SR 83; 23 SR 348; 32 SR 1039

Published Electronically:

October 3, 2013

6260.2500

[Renumbered 6259.0100]

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.2600

[Renumbered 6259.0200]

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.2700

[Renumbered 6259.0300]

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.2800

[Renumbered 6259.0400]

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.2900

[Renumbered 6259.0500]

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.3000

[Renumbered 6259.0600]

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.3100

[Renumbered 6259.0700]

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.3200

[Renumbered 6259.0800]

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.3300

[Renumbered 6259.0900]

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008

6260.3400

[Renumbered 6259.1000]

Published Electronically:

June 11, 2008