Ice fishing is extended nine days

This article submitted on 2/23/00.

The Legislature and Governor Jesse Ventura passed a bill that will extend Minnesota's ice fishing season for 1999-2000. The open angling season for walleye, eelpout, sauger, northern pike, muskellunge, and largemouth and smallmouth bass extends nine days to Tuesday, Feb. 29.

The 1999-2000 spearing season for rough fish, catfish, lake whitefish, and northern pike will also be extended to Feb. 29.

"Because of the late start to our winter ice fishing season, I hope this extension helps businesses that felt the impact of the mild winter," said Governor Ventura.

Also, the deadline for removing fish houses from the lakes is midnight on Feb. 29. After that date, only angling for pan fish-crappies, sunnies, and perch-will be allowed by law.

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