Early Fishing Opener Legislation Dropped in Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

Early Fishing Opener Legislation Dropped in Minnesota

April 23, 2012 Updated Apr 23, 2012 at 10:42 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Anglers and Hunters rallied at the Minnesota State capitol Monday prior to the Senate approving the omnibus game and fish bill.

Missing from the bill was DFL Senator Tom Bakk's amendment to move up this year's fishing opener.

The Senator from Cook withdrew the amendment prior to the vote.

The bill - at the center of a lengthy discussion- includes higher license fees for fishing, hunting and trapping.

Those rallying today called on lawmakers to support higher license fees in order to restore the DNR's budget for fish and wildlife management.

"And it costs money to maintain that, because of stocking, the management philosophy, Walleye's our state fish, it brings a lot of money to this state. It's a big deal to us that we keep this Walleye fishing as good as it is," said Al Linder, a TV personality.

The bill approved Monday in the senate would establish a wolf hunting season.

During the floor debate, Senate members offered several amendments, including efforts to restrict the use and design of traps and delay the wolf hunting season.

Those efforts failed to win Senate approval.

Michelle Lee