97C.345 Restrictions on use and possession of nets and spears.
Subdivision 1. Period when use prohibited. Except as specifically authorized, a person may not take fish from the third Monday in February to April 30 with a spear, fish trap, net, dip net, seine, or other device capable of taking fish.
Subd. 2. Possession. (a) Except as specifically authorized, a person may not possess a spear, fish trap, net, dip net, seine, or other device capable of taking fish on or near any waters. Possession includes personal possession and in a vehicle.
(b) A person may possess spears, dip nets, bows and arrows, and spear guns allowed under section 97C.381 on or near waters between sunrise and sunset from May 1 to the third Sunday in February.
Subd. 3. Dip nets. A person may possess and use a dip net between one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset from May 1 to the third Sunday in February.
Subd. 4. Exceptions. Subdivisions 1 to 3 do not apply to:
(1) nets used to take rainbow smelt during the open season;
(2) nets used to land game fish taken by angling;
(3) seines or traps used for the taking of minnows for bait;
(4) nets, seines, or traps possessed and used under an aquatic farm license; and
(5) angling equipment.
Subd. 5. Rules. The commissioner may adopt rules to regulate the use of nets to take fish.
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