First things first it’s officially a few weeks after the expiration on fishing licenses in Minnesota! Oh joy time to run in and renew ales you have thought ahead and purchased a lifetime license. There are various options for both residents and non-residents. They range anywhere from 24hr to lifetime and have various package options lite military discounts which results in no fee. There’s individual or combination (married couples) options, youth, conservation, and even fish and small game. There are even various netting and dark house licenses that must be purchased and fall under appropriate regulations.
Every year new regulations are released and updated in the Minnesota annual fishing regulation book which can be found anywhere licenses are sold. Some of the newest updates are in regards to Canada-Minnesota border waters date changes on lakes such as Basswood. (Page 46 of the 2015 edition) In addition another big change is the ice fishing & dark house spearing dates for northern pike, catfish, and whitefish have been update as of 2015 season. There are also technological advancements being made such as the newly offered mobile license something you will be able to purchase and keep on your smart phone for easy access. One major change I would like to see them make is moving the annual date February 28th seems strange and easy to forget if they were able to push it to January 1st to match the calendar year I think it would help with anglers’ confusion. I do plan on trying the mobile feature this year since my phone like everybody seems to never be too far away.