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Livewell question
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Just out of curiosity, is it legal to take a big cooler into the boat with tap water and put your catch into it WITHOUT having to dump the water out until you get home? Or would that be against transportation laws?

Posted on: 6/8 21:37:22
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Re: Livewell question
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Eric the Parrott. I would say that you would be legal with what you described.
Why don't you put ice cubes into your cooler , and throw your catch on the ice...... As for your method , I would think that the water would be quite warm from a hot summer days heat , by the time you got home...

Posted on: 6/8 22:10:19
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Re: Livewell question
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All water in watercraft must be drained and dried, before leaving landing.

Posted on: 6/8 22:10:55
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Re: Livewell question
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TRANSPORTATION
Can I transport live fish other than bait?
In most instances, the answer is no.
• You may not transport fish over land in enough water to keep them alive.
• You can’t transfer or stock live fish or fish eggs from one body of water to another.
• You can never transport water taken from any lake or stream.

Taken from page 32 of MN fishing regs.



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Posted on: 6/9 6:46:04
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Re: Livewell question
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Quote:

EricParrott wrote:
Just out of curiosity, is it legal to take a big cooler into the boat with tap water and put your catch into it WITHOUT having to dump the water out until you get home? Or would that be against transportation laws?


Definitely NO! Any water, other than bottled water, that has been in the boat has to be dumped before you leave the landing. No exceptions allowed. If you want to keep any of your bait, you have to have water in your vehicle to put it in. The first couple of years this was in effect, the DNR would just warn you. Now they will ticket you if caught. Not completely sure, but I heard the fine was $180.

Posted on: 6/10 18:49:40
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