Hearing set in Rushford on special fishing regulations

Anglers and others can give their opinions about fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed for Rush Creek during a public meeting in Rushford, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR has scheduled 13 meetings across the state in coming weeks to review regulations that apply to individual waters, and the DNR also is accepting written and verbal public comments on the regulations before and 10 days after each meeting. Newly proposed fishing regulations are proposed for 15 lakes and one trout stream, Rush Creek.

In Fillmore County, served by Lanesboro area fisheries, a meeting to review a proposal for special trout regulations on Rush Creek within the city of Rushford, is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Rushford City Hall, 101 N. Mill St., Rushford.

“Anglers and the public should know they have an important role to play in shaping fishing regulations, and we value their opinions,” said Al Stevens, DNR fisheries regulations consultant. “In the end we all want to make sure anglers continue to have quality fishing in Minnesota.”

In many places statewide regulations, such as bag limits, do an adequate job in providing opportunities to catch quality-sized fish; however, special regulations are a more specific tool that fish managers can use to ensure there are local opportunities for quality fishing. Special or experimental regulations are found in their own section of the 2018 Minnesota Fishing Regulations handbook (pages 38 to 54).

Call or write to local fisheries offices to comment about regulations proposals. Phone numbers of local fisheries offices can be found online at mndnr.gov/areas/fisheries, or on page 87 of the fishing regulations handbook. The offices will accept written or verbal comments up to 10 days following a local meeting.

Anyone who cannot attend a local meeting can attend an open house about the regulation proposals that will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the DNR headquarters in St. Paul, 500 Lafayette Road. No formal presentations will be made at the open house.

Additionally, staff will accept comments on any proposal through Monday, Oct. 8. Comment by email to al.stevens@state.mn.us or by calling him at 651-259-5239.