A Minnesota fishing organization is encouraging anglers to buy a state Walleye Stamp as well as a fishing license prior to the state’s fishing opener.
‘’Buying the $5 stamp is one way for walleye anglers to improve their own fishing success,’’ said Ron Schara, president of MN-FISH, a non-profit foundation organized last year.
Revenue from the Walleye Stamp goes to purchase walleyes from private hatcheries for stocking in state lakes. Currently the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stocks walleyes in about 1,000 lakes that cover roughly 1 million acres. This effort costs more than $3 million a year. Anglers are not required to have the stamp to fish for walleyes. Purchase is voluntary. In recent years, stamp sales have raised less than $90,000.
John Peterson, of Bemidji and vice-president of MN-FISH said the increased sale of stamps could greatly expand the DNR’s stocking efforts.
MN-FISH Foundation and Coalition is a non-profit group organized by anglers to become a voice for anglers before the DNR and State Legislature regarding all things fishing. For more information look to www.MN-FISH.com