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Re: Possession limit question.
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Bandersnatch wrote:
Why would this be any different than fishing Mille Lacs for Walleye when there is no limit, and it is strictly C&R??


Exactly. If official possession occurred the second you caught the fish there would be many new ways in which you could find yourself on the wrong side of the law...

1. If you already have a limit of that species
2. If you accidentally caught a bass while crappie fishing in the spring
3. If you caught a musky below the minimum size limit
4. If you catch any walleye on pool 2 of the Mississippi
5. If you catch and fish that falls within any protected slot

If you start thinking about all of those other implications than it doesn't make any sense that catch and release after you reach a limit would be illegal. If you have a CO tell you otherwise then they are either intentionally giving you bad info or they don't understand the regs. Either way if they were to ticket you for it there is no way it holds up in court. If you want to play it safe there isn't any harm in staying one fish under the limit, it will help you avoid a ticket from an ill informed CO which in turn saves you the time it takes to go to court to get it thrown out. However, it really shouldn't be necessary.


Not the same scenario at all.
1 what the debate is about. I think illegal. Targeting a fish that you already in full possession of. Not Accidental.
2 Accidental catch
3 Accidental catch
4 it is a season that is c & r only must be immediate released
5 Accidental catch

Posted on: 1/15 12:58:04
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Re: Possession limit question.
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This topic is pretty easy to debate endlessly from either side. My question is if it were illegal to continue fishing after a limit has been reached why wouldn't the DNR clearly spell that out in the regs? It seems like it would be a very easy and clear cut regulation that could be clearly defined in one sentence. If its illegal but they didn't put it in the regs then its a major mistake on their part.

They don't often go out of their way to specifically state what is legal but they certainly should clearly spell it out if it were to be illegal.

If a CO were to tell me its illegal I'd ask them to cite the specific statute that defines it as being illegal. Over all the years this debate has been going on I've never seen anyone be able to produce a legal statute indicating as such.

That is my challenge to anyone that takes the stance that C&R after a limit is illegal. If its illegal it should be on the books somewhere...we need to find it.

Posted on: 1/15 14:06:15
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Re: Possession limit question.
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Minnesota Administrative Rule 6262.0100 Subpart 5C should wrap this up nicely...

Posted on: 1/15 15:26:32
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Re: Possession limit question.
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arneb04 wrote:
Minnesota Administrative Rule 6262.0100 Subpart 5C should wrap this up nicely...



Where is that found?

Posted on: 1/15 15:30:53
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Re: Possession limit question.
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From the rule stated above -

C. Once a person or persons fishing as a party as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 97C.317, retain a daily limit for a species, all fish of that species that are subsequently taken must be immediately released into the water after capture.

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Re: Possession limit question.
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If you google the Minnesota Revisor of Statutes, that is where all current legislation, laws, and Administrative rules (those published via legislatively granted agency rule making authority) are housed until they are revised and a new one published. You can get PDF versions as well. Thanks F6firecat and sorry orandusa I should have posted the language as well as the citation.

Posted on: 1/15 15:53:12
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Re: Possession limit question.
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Thank you for finding that. I think that should FINALLY clear this up once and for all.

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Re: Possession limit question.
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Thank you for finding that. I think that should FINALLY clear this up once and for all.



Chuckle.

I don't think that I ever came across it in the modern world anyway!

Imma keep like 4-5 Crappies for diner for me an the Girlfriend, cuz I don'r freeze fish.

Posted on: 1/15 17:08:48
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Re: Possession limit question.
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While Y'all were bantering it back and forth, I just emailed the DNR
(chuckle)

Hello Keith –

Thank you for contacting the Minnesota DNR Info Center.

Yes, you can continue to fish catch and release once you have caught your limit of crappie. You just can’t “cull,” which means trading out the fish in your bucket for a bigger one you caught later. I hope you win your “discussion!” 

If there is anything else we can do for you, please let us know. You can email us at info.dnr@state.mn.us, or call us at 888-646-6367. We’re here from 8-8 Monday-Friday, and 9-1 on Saturday, and anyone here will be happy to help you.

Have a great day!

Barb
Customer Service Specialist Intermediate | Office of Communications & Outreach
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157
Fax: 651-297-3618
Email: info.dnr@state.mn.us
mndnr.gov

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Re: Possession limit question.
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lol. I called before posting the question and was told that for the species of Crappie I could continue to fish while having a limit in possession. I didn't bother to ask them to elaborate on why they were species specific.

Posted on: 1/15 17:30:34
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