The Rules

You can download the official Minnesota Fishing Regulations on the Minnesota DNR web site

To ensure that the fish you release survive, follow these simple guidelines:

1. Use barbless hooks
2. Set the hook quickly
3. Play the fish quickly
4. Hold the fish firmly, but gently, while removing the hook
5. Use a needle nose pliers to remove the hooks
6. Cut the line if the fish is throat hooked
7. Gently slide the fish into the water