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6266.0500 TAKING FISH ON MINNESOTA-WISCONSIN BOUNDARY WATERS.

Subpart 1.

Specified waters.

The provisions of this part apply to the following described Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters:

A.

Mississippi River and Lake Pepin extending from the mouth of the St. Croix River at the U.S. Highway 10 bridge at Prescott, Wisconsin to the southern boundary of this state and lying between the Burlington Northern main railroad tracks on the Wisconsin side and the Canadian Pacific, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad tracks on the Minnesota side, including all sloughs, backwaters, bays, and newly extended water areas lying between the railroad tracks.

B.

All those portions of Lake St. Croix and the St. Croix River as far as the same lie along the boundary between the state of Minnesota and the state of Wisconsin.

C.

All those portions of the St. Louis River, including St. Louis Bay and Superior Bay, as far as the same line along the boundary between said states downstream to an imaginary line drawn between the northwest bank of the Nemadji River where it forms a junction with Superior Bay and the southwest bank of the Superior entry channel where it forms a junction with Superior Bay.

Subp. 2.

Definitions.

The terms used in parts 6266.0500 and 6266.0600 have the following meanings.

A.

"Commercial operator" means a person properly licensed to take fish in the Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters by means of a net, set line, or other legal equipment for the purpose of sale.

B.

"Game fish" means all species and size categories not included as rough fish, minnows, and catfish taken by angling.

C.

"Minimum length" means the length of a fish measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose or jaw, whichever is longer, to the farthest tip of the tail fin when fully extended. When measuring turtles, it means the length of the dorsal surface of the carapace (top shell) measured from side to side across the shell at midpoint.

D.

"Minnow" means:

(1)

members of the minnow family (cyprinidai), except all species of carp and goldfish;

(2)

shad, mudminnows, willow cat, and all members of the sucker family (Catostomidai) not over 12 inches in length; and

(3)

bullheads, ciscoes, herring, whitefish, goldeyes, and mooneyes not over seven inches in length.

E.

"Rough fish" means common carp, bowfin, redhorse, sheepshead suckers, burbot, gar, buffalo, quillback, mooneyes, goldeyes, shad, eels, and bullheads. In addition, catfish 15 inches or over in length when taken under commercial license with commercial fishing gear downstream from the Taylors Falls Dam shall be considered rough fish.

Subp. 3.

Species, seasons, and limits on Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters.

To the extent that chapter 6264 is inconsistent with this part, the provisions of chapter 6264 apply. Lake sturgeon are designated under part 6264.0400, subpart 90.

Except as provided in chapter 6264, the following applies to the species, seasons, and limits for taking fish on Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters:

Species and Open Season Daily and Possession Limits
A. Small and large mouth bass
(1) St. Louis River. Saturday preceding Memorial Day to March 1. 5 in aggregate; 14-inch minimum size limit.
(2) St. Croix River upstream of the dam at Taylors Falls.
Saturday preceding Memorial Day to the Sunday preceding the second Monday in September. 5 in aggregate; 14-inch minimum size limit.
Second Monday in September to March 1. Limited to catch and release only. Any smallmouth or largemouth bass must be immediately returned to the water. It is unlawful for anyone to have in possession, regardless of where taken, any smallmouth or largemouth bass.
(3) St. Croix River downstream of the dam at Taylors Falls to its mouth (U.S. Highway 10 bridge at Prescott, Wisconsin). Saturday preceding Memorial Day to March 1. 5 in aggregate; 14-inch minimum size limit.
(4) Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Continuous. 5 in aggregate; 14-inch minimum size limit.
B. Walleye and sauger
(1) St. Louis River. Saturday two weeks prior to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to March 1. 2 in aggregate; 15-inch minimum size limit for walleye.
(2) St. Croix River. Saturday nearest May 1 to March 1. 6 in aggregate; 15-inch minimum size limit for walleye.
(3) Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Continuous. 6 in aggregate; 15-inch minimum size limit for walleye.
C. Northern pike 5, except St. Louis River 2 northern pike.
(1) St. Louis River. The Saturday two weeks prior to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through March 1.
(2) St. Croix River. Saturday nearest May 1 through March 1.
(3) Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. Continuous.
D. Channel and flathead catfish 10 in aggregate
Channel catfish. Continuous.
Flathead catfish. April 1 to November 30.
E. Lake sturgeon
An angler must have a special fish management tag to harvest lake sturgeon.
(1) St. Louis River and all waters of the Mississippi River below the Red Wing Dam. June 16 to April 14 for catch and release only. Closed April 15 to June 15. When the closing date of a season falls on a Saturday, the season does not extend through the following Sunday.
(2) All waters of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers above Red Wing Dam. June 16 to March 1 catch and release only. Closed March 2 to June 15. When the closing date of a season falls on a Saturday, the season does not extend through the following Sunday.
F. Shovelnose sturgeon
(1) All waters of the Mississippi River below Red Wing Dam. Continuous. 10
(2) All waters of the Mississippi, St. Croix, and St. Louis Rivers above Red Wing Dam. June 16 to March 1 for catch and release only. Closed March 2 to June 15. When the closing date of a season falls on a Saturday, the season does not extend through the following Sunday.
G. Crappie. Continuous. 25
H. Rock bass. Continuous. 25
I. Sunfish and bluegill. Continuous. 25
J. Perch. Continuous. 25
K. Bullhead. Continuous. No limits
L. Paddlefish (spoonbill catfish). No open season.
M. Rough fish. Continuous. No limits
N. Muskellunge. Minimum size limit is 50 inches. Saturday nearest Memorial Day through November 30. 1
O. White (striped) and yellow bass. Continuous. 25
P. All other species. Governed by inland regulations of state in which taken.

Subp. 4.

Number of lines allowed.

Except as provided under Minnesota Statutes, section 97C.315, subdivision 2, a person may not angle with more than two lines or one line with more than two baits on Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters. A person may not fish with an unattended line or take fish by snagging. A fish hooked in any part of the body, except the mouth, must immediately be unhooked and returned to the water.

Subp. 5.

Sale of fish prohibited.

A person may not buy, sell, or offer to buy or sell any fish taken on Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters by angling, except that rough fish may be bought and sold at any time.

Subp. 6.

Closed areas.

A person may not fish from any point or from any boat within the area from the Taylors Falls (St. Croix Falls) dam on the St. Croix River to 50 feet downstream from the pier in the center of the river. Closed areas must be marked with suitable signs or buoys designating the closed areas. A person may not fish in the St. Louis River from Fond du Lac Dam downstream approximately one-half mile to the Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary cable at any time. A person may not fish in the St. Louis River from the Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary cable downstream to the Highway 23 bridge from March 1 through May 18 each year.

Subp. 7.

Shelter house deadline.

Buildings, vehicles, tents, fish houses, or similar enclosures may be used on the ice for fishing purposes on Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters. All enclosures or shelters must be removed from the ice on or before March 1 of each year. Portable shelters may be used after March 1 by persons actively engaged in fishing, but must be removed daily when not in use. The door of an enclosure or shelter must be equipped with a latch that permits the door to be readily opened from the outside at all times while the enclosure or shelter is occupied.

Subp. 8.

Restricted equipment.

No more than two tip-ups may be used for ice fishing on Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters. Tip-ups may not be more than 400 feet from the angler. A person may not use a spear, dip net, or bow and arrow in any manner at any time for the purpose of taking game fish or have in possession or under control any fish spear, spring gaff, or similar device in a fish house. Rough fish may be taken by means of a spear or dip net not to exceed 24 inches in diameter, from sunrise to sunset only, from the Saturday nearest May 1 through March 1. A person may not have in possession on the water or immediate banks of the water a spear, except during the open season for spearing.

Subp. 9.

[Repealed, 28 SR 629]

Subp. 10.

Prohibition on taking fish for bait purposes.

The taking of minnows or other fish for bait purposes from all Minnesota waters of Lake Superior and all waters of the St. Louis River downstream of the Fond du Lac Dam in St. Louis and Carlton Counties, including any and all outflows, estuaries, streams, creeks, or waters adjacent to or flowing into these waters is prohibited.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 14.388; 97A.045; 97A.401; 97C.001; 97C.005; 97C.045; 97C.395; 97C.401

History:

18 SR 83; 20 SR 2287; 23 SR 348; 24 SR 1849; 28 SR 629; 30 SR 394; 32 SR 1039; 33 SR 1442; 37 SR 1664; 39 SR 822

Published Electronically:

December 22, 2016

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