Changes to Simplify Southeast MN Trout Regulations

…and offer more opportunity are finally moving forward (not taking effect, yet, so your usual winter trout season rules still apply through this winter season). After a dramatic pause, one years in the making, we’re a little more than a month from the proposed changes becoming regulation. About 4 years ago, the DNR held numerous open houses to discuss simplifications of regulations and more angling opportunities in southeast MN and there has been overwhelming support between the meetings and written response.

Proposed changes:

  • Bring all designated trout streams in southeast Minnesota into the current winter season (“new catch-and-release season”).
  • Allow angling (catch-and-release) on designated trout streams in SE MN State Parks (“state park season”) from October 15th to December 31st.
  • Extend the current SE MN fall catch-and-release season to October 15th.

Regulations changes on MN DNR site
Conservation Volunteer article

While the ball is in motion, for now, we wait. The DNR will adopt the regulations without a public hearing this spring pending there isn’t much pushback.