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Paynesville Press - March 26, 2003

New fish limits to take effect

New limits for crappie, sunfish, lake trout, and catfish will take effect on the 2003 fishing opener on Saturday, May 10.

Daily and possession limits for crappies will go from 15 to 10, for sunfish from 30 to 20, and for lake trout from three to two. The catfish limits remain at five, but only one may be more than 24 inches and only two may be flatheads.

There has been confusion among anglers because the start date for the new regulations is not listed in the 2003 Minnesota Fishing Regulations Book, said Linda Erickson-Eastwood, program manager for the DNR Division of Fisheries.

"We want to be clear that the new regulations for crappie, sunfish, lake trout, and catfish take effect on May 10," she said.

The limit changes are the result of extensive biological analysis and public input that began about two years ago. During the public input process, the DNR received more than 5,000 comments and held 19 public meetings statewide.

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