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97C.011 MUSKELLUNGE LAKES.
(a) The commissioner may, after preparing a statement of need and reasonableness and
holding a public meeting, designate waters with muskellunge as muskellunge waters.
(b) The commissioner may prescribe rules for each designated muskellunge waters that:
(1) restrict spearing from a dark house;
(2) restrict angling from a dark house;
(3) limit the open season to take fish;
(4) limit the size of fish that may be kept; and
(5) limit the number of each species of fish that may be kept.
(c) The commissioner must give notice and hold a hearing before adopting rules under this
subdivision. The rules must have a termination date and may only be extended upon a showing
by the commissioner, at a hearing, that the muskellunge population in the designated waters
has been enhanced.
(d) The provisions of section 97C.385, subdivision 1, requiring the angling season on a lake
to be closed in proportion to the spearing season do not apply to designated muskellunge lakes.
(e) The commissioner, in designating a muskellunge water on lakes wholly or partially
within an Indian reservation, may not designate a whole lake larger than 29,775 acres in surface
area, except that sensitive areas of lakes larger than 29,775 acres may be designated if clause
(a) is complied with.
History: 1986 c 386 art 3 s 3; 1988 c 714 s 2