By: News Intern Katherine Jones
ST. PAUL- The Minnesota and Wisconsin DNRs are asking the public to weigh in on the proposed changes to border waters fishing regulations.
The proposed rules would lower possession limits, and change some length limits for fish such as: walleye, northern pike, crappie, sunfish, yellow perch, and white and yellow bass in the Mississippi River, including Lake Pepin.
The proposed changes are proactive measures that would help both states manage the effects that changing river conditions, invasive species, and angling effectiveness have on fish.
The current proposed changes to bag and size limits for most gamefish species were developed from biological data and input obtained from public meetings in May and November of 2018.
The Minnesota DNR is accepting public comments through Friday, October 4th. The DNR is using an expedited rule-making procedure to make these changes effective by March 2020—Wisconsin intends to make its corresponding rule changes at this same time.