97C.825 LAKE OF THE WOODS AND RAINY LAKE FISHING.
Subdivision 1. New commercial fishing licenses prohibited.
The commissioner may not
issue a new commercial fishing license that allows netting of game fish on Lake of the Woods
and Rainy Lake.
Subd. 2. Restrictions on fish and nets.
The following rules and restrictions shall apply to all
commercial fishing operations conducted in Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake unless otherwise
changed by rule of the commissioner under authority of section
97A.045, subdivision 4
(a) Any fish, except largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass, muskellunge, crappies,
sturgeon, and sunfish, may be taken subject to all other restrictions contained in the game and
(b) Pound net mesh and staked trap net mesh may not be less than 2-1/2 inches nor more than
four inches stretch measure in the pound or crib.
(c) Gill net mesh may not be less than four inches stretch measure, and may not be more
than 30 meshes in width.
(d) Fyke net mesh may not be less than 2-1/2 inches nor more than four inches stretch
measure in the pot or crib. Fyke nets may not have a hoop or opening more than six feet in height,
wings more than 100 feet in length, nor a lead more than 400 feet in length.
(e) Submerged trap net mesh may not be less than 2-1/2 inches nor more than three inches
stretch measure in the heart, pot, or crib. A submerged trap net may not have a pot or crib
exceeding 150 square feet in area, a lead exceeding 300 feet in length, nor a pot or lead exceeding
12 feet in depth.
Subd. 3. Net limits for individual operators.
A person may not operate more than six
pound nets, 4,000 feet of gill nets, eight submerged trap nets, ten fyke or staked trap nets, or
one pound net station.
Subd. 4. Net location.
Nets may only be set at a place consented to by the commissioner.
Subd. 5. Net limits for Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake.
(a) The maximum amount of
nets permitted to be licensed shall be:
(1) in Lake of the Woods, 50-pound nets, 160 submerged trap nets, and 80 fyke or staked
trap nets; and
(2) in Rainy Lake, 20-pound nets.
(b) Commercial fishing may be prohibited in the Minnesota portions of international waters
when it is prohibited in the international waters by Canadian authorities.
Subd. 6.[Repealed, 2005 c 146 s 52
Subd. 7.[Repealed, 2005 c 146 s 52
Subd. 8.[Repealed, 2005 c 146 s 52
Subd. 9.[Repealed, 2005 c 146 s 52
Subd. 10. Taking eggs for propagation; commissioner's rule.
The commissioner may
require a person licensed to take fish for commercial purposes in the waters covered by this
section to take eggs for propagation purposes when it can be done in connection with the licensed
commercial fishing. The eggs must be taken under rules prescribed by the commissioner.
History: 1985 c 248 s 70; 1986 c 386 art 3 s 65; 1991 c 259 s 23; 2005 c 146 s 48