ST. PAUL, Minn. - Fishing is considered by some to be an old-school sport, but the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is trying to change that and lure some new anglers in the process by launching a new website.
The DNR has packaged state fishing regulations and other helpful information on the easy-to-use website, which
features rewritten and reorganized open water fishing regulations laid out in a user-friendly question and answer format. The website is part of Governor Dayton's Plain Language Executive Order that directs state agencies to make information easier to access and easier to understand.
"I have been fishing in Minnesota for my entire life," Dayton said. "But even the most experienced anglers couldn't possibly know all of the state's many fishing regulations, which are essential for responsible wildlife management. This new mobile site will help all Minnesotans more easily find and understand the state's fishing rules and regulations."
DNR officials have also made enhancements for anglers who access fishing information from desktop computers or mobile devices using the agency's popular LakeFinder site. The rewrite began with open water regulations in time for the Minnesota fishing opener. Ice fishing and fish spearing regulations will soon follow.
The new site includes fishing terminology and locations of fishing piers, boat landings, family-friendly fishing spots and metro-area bait shops. Fishing licenses can be bought online as well.
"Now everything you need is in the palm of your hand and easier to understand," said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. "Buy a license. Look up a regulation. Get lake depth contours. Check fish consumption advice. It's all at your fingertips."