DNR: New Minnesota fishing licenses required March 1

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in its weekly enforcement report today sent out a couple of reminders that are worth noting.

First and foremost is that 2014 fishing licenses are required beginning Saturday, so if you’re planning to hit your favorite Minnesota fishing hole this weekend, be sure you have a new license first. Fishing season for walleyes and northern pike closed Sunday on Minnesota inland waters, but season on popular Minnesota-Canada border waters such as Lake of the Woods remains open through April 14.

The DNR also reminded fish house owners to remove all garbage from the ice in the area surrounding their shelter. That should go without saying, but huge amounts of garbage traditionally are left to wash up on shore every spring from careless fish house owners who leave trash on the ice.

In another example of stating the obvious, snowmobilers should get their snowmobiles registered before taking them out on the trails, the DNR reminded. Once you’re stopped by a conservation officer, it’s too late.

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