1. MN: Can you clean/eat fish while on the ice?
Can be tough to keep up on all the regs…but you’ve gotta! This was a Q that I really wasn’t too sure about, so did some digging and came across a post on LakeofTheWoodsMN.com that breaks it down in fish-English:
Individuals may not possess fillets in their day/sleeper houses unless:
1. They are in immediate preparation of a meal (the oil is heating) and carcasses are available for inspection.
2. Or a licensed fish packer has filleted and packaged them to be consumed while their guests are on the lake. If a licensed fish packer filets your fish, make sure to have proof (which they can provide) and know you have to cook and eat the fillets while on the ice. It is unlawful to return to shore with filets from a licensed fish packer.
Any filleting for transport should be done on shore or at the resort just prior to individuals traveling. This means if you have fish you want to bring home, you cannot clean them on the ice. Bring them to shore whole and clean them on shore for transport.
For those who really like to dig into state law, click here for the link.
2. US boat sales reached 13-yr high in 2020.
> …freshwater fishing boats and pontoons boats — accounting for 50% of new powerboats sold in 2020 — are expected to be up 12% to 143K units…
3. MN’ers still fighting to reduce the walleye bag limit.
Current statewide regs have been 6 fish foreva — folks have been pushing for a 4-fish daily bag limit. Another bill is headed to the house so fingers Xd.
4. Registration is open for 2021 MWC events.
Full schedule here.
5. NY: DEC’s running a creel survey on Lake Champlain.
> “Lake Champlain is one of NY’s top fishing destinations and ice fishing is a very popular component of the state’s overall fishery. As such, there is a need to periodically monitor what anglers are targeting and catching so we can evaluate and adjust our management practices as needed.”
6. WI: New lake trout bag limit for Lake Michigan.
Season will now run from 3/1 to 10/31 with a new daily bag limit of 2 lake trout.
7. Remember that stubby walleyes we shared…
…a couple TW emails ago? Pretty sure @mtnmanoutdoors caught the grown-version of it on SK’s Last Mountain Lake: