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Anglers catch all they need to know at new Fish Minnesota website

ST. PAUL — If reading through a 92-page book of regulations is not the homework you want to do before the fishing opener, try this:

Minnesota fishing regulations and other helpful information are now available on a new mobile-friendly, easy-to-use Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

The new Fish Minnesota site is part of Gov. Mark Dayton’s “unsession” initiative and plain-language executive order that directed state agencies make information easier to access and easier to understand.

Anglers who visit will find rewritten and reorganized open water fishing regulations cast in a user-friendly question-and-answer format.

“I have been fishing in Minnesota for my entire life,” said Dayton. “But even the most experienced anglers couldn’t possibly know all of the state’s many fishing regulations, which are essential for responsible wildlife management. This new mobile site will help all Minnesotans more easily find and understand the state’s fishing rules and regulations.”

The agency has also made enhancements for those who access fishing information from desktop computers or mobile devices using the agency’s popular Lake Finder site. The rewrite began with open water regulations in time for the Minnesota fishing opener. Ice fishing and fish spearing regulations will soon follow.

“Now everything you need is in the palm of your hand and easier to understand,” said Tom Landwehr, commissioner of the Minnesota DNR. “Buy a license. Look up a regulation. Get lake depth contours. Check fish consumption advice. It’s all at your fingertips.”