ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has proposed a yearlong study of fish bag limits, the department announced Wednesday.
Ron Payer, DNR Fisheries section chief, said many existing daily limits have not been changed for several decades and may need to be lowered. Limits for bass and crappies were last modified in 1930.
The proposed review will take a close look at bag limits and see whether or not more conservative limits will improve the quality of fishing in Minnesota, Payer said. He said the DNR would bring together anglers, resort owners and biologists to participate in the review.
The DNR is in the process of gathering enough data to create individual bag limits for all Minnesota waters, but the process could take as long as a decade to complete. He said more conservative bag limits could be used in the meantime.
Gov. Jesse Ventura signed a bill this year imposing limits on yellow perch of 20 daily and 50 in possession until Dec. 1, 2001.
The statewide limit was 100 perch daily. Citing a steady decline of big perch in Lake Winnibigoshish, the DNR had recommended lowering it to 20 fish daily and 30 in possession.
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