Minnesota boaters may find crowded boat accesses and a shortage of trailer parking over holiday weekends warned a state fishing organization, MN-FISH. “There is one big reason for the access problems,’’ said MN-FISH president Ron Schara. “While state boat registrations have grown to more than 830,000 craft, the Legislature has consistently failed to give DNR needed funding to upgrade existing boat ramps or create new ones.” Currently, there is only 1,900 public boat ramps providing access to state waters. Since…

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MN Fishing Summit

MN-FISH president Ron Schara stumped the audience of 80 stakeholders when he asked this question at the first-ever State of Minnesota Fishing Summit held last week at Clam Outdoors: “How much general tax revenue has the legislature appropriated in recent years to make Minnesota the State of Fishing?” “The answer is zero,” he shared. “Zero dollars to support a multi-billion-dollar fishing industry. “Isn’t that wonderful?” Currently, the DNR’s fish management program has an annual budget of roughly $31 million, funded…

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Pike Under Water

MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation and Coalition is hosting the first State of Minnesota Fishing Summit on May 3rd at Clam Outdoors. This historic event will bring together leading stakeholders, DNR and government officials to discuss strategies for improving fishing throughout Minnesota. Governor Tim Walz is expected to attend, as is DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen and other senior DNR staff. “Sportfishing generates a $4.4 billion in economic impact annually in Minnesota,” said MN-FISH Executive Director Mark Holsten. “Good fishing is also good…

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Walleye Artwork

In the coming weeks, a half million or more Minnesota anglers will be buying their 2022 fishing license in preparation for fishing the May 14 opener. MN-Fish Sportfishing Foundation would like to remind anglers that one of the best ways to improve Minnesota walleye fishing is to buy the optional Walleye Stamp when ordering their license. You can purchase a fishing license and Walleye Stamp endorsement year-round either online, or at one of the hundreds of retail outlets statewide that…

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Angler in Kayak

It takes some brainpower to build a better fishery. With that in mind, the MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation has added four bright minds to its board of directors, each a veteran in the fishing industry. Joining the board are Danny Suggs, Rob Drieslein, Jimmy Bell, and Dave Hanson. MN-FISH is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by a volunteer group of leaders in the Minnesota sport fishing and boating community to bring a strong, unified voice to state government and represent the…

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