"STATE OF FISHING"

With over 10,000 lakes and 69,000 miles of rivers and streams, fishing ranks as Minnesota’s #1 outdoor activity! It supports over 27,000 jobs and generates a whopping $4.2 billion economic impact to our state’s economy! Minnesota ranks 2nd nationally in resident fishing participation and is the 3rd most popular fishing destination in the nation. It also ranks 4th per capita in watercraft registration by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Minnesota has truly earned its reputation and title as the . . . “State of Fishing!"

HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 

MN-FISH COVID-19 Position Statement

By MN-FISH | April 29, 2020

MN-FISH’s Letter To The Governor

By MN-FISH | April 29, 2020

On April 28th, 2020 MN-FISH sent a letter to Gov. Walz with recommendations for rebuilding our states economy and restoring our way of life.

MN-FISH Newsletter 4-21-20

By MN-FISH | April 22, 2020

A year ago, a new non-profit fishing organization called MN-FISH was launched for the purpose of “shortening-the-time-between-bites”. Our goalwas to give state anglers what we haven’t had; greater representation in the Minnesota Legislature. We also intended to act as a watchdog andsupport DNR fish management decisions when appropriate. During this startup period, we discovered MNFISH…

MN-FISH Buy A Walleye Stamp

Support Better Walleye Fishing – Buy a Minnesota Walleye Stamp

By MN-FISH | April 21, 2020

WALKER, MN – With fishing opener just weeks away, now is the time to buy a Walleye Stamp or two and support better walleye fishing in Minnesota. The $5 Walleye Stamp is not required to fish or keep walleye in Minnesota. However, it raises money to supplement the state’s walleye stocking efforts, and that’s especially…

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Anglers/Boaters to Governor Walz- Allow Statewide Travel

By MN-FISH | April 17, 2020

Walker, MN – The MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation has a message for Governor Walz – allow anglers and boaters to travel statewide. According to the statement released today by the MN-FISH board of directors: “The MN-FISH Sportfishing Association board is requesting Gov. Walz to clarify his Stay at Home Orders and allow travel across the state…

These are amazing statistics . . . but our fisheries can't be taken for granted or they will be lost!

Minnesota’s land of 10,000 lakes, rivers and streams are under constant attack from invasive species, habitat loss, lakeshore development and increased fishing pressure resulting in lower catch rates and reduced enjoyment of our passion. We are also witnessing a major decline in kid/youth fishing participation, a reduction of fish stocking programs and fishing license sales. Since 2010, the legislature has not made major new investments for fish hatcheries, new public accesses, fishing piers and shore fishing facilities despite the $200-$300 million in state taxes generated each year by economic fishing-related activity. Our state fish, the Walleye, doesn’t even have lobbying representation at the State Capitol!

THIS IS WHY MN-FISH WAS CREATED, AND THE REASON WE NEED YOU TO JOIN MN-FISH TODAY!

The MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation and Coalition, led by President Ron Schara, was formed to help reverse these negative trends and bring a strong, unified voice to St. Paul advocating for our anglers, our fisheries and our next generation of anglers.

There is only one way to take on these fishing related issues and raise awareness . . . and that’s working together! That’s why fishing leaders, innovators and legends came together to build a grassroots fishing advocacy group focused on improving fishing for future generations to enjoy. It’s your “State of Fishing”, and we need you to become a grassroots participant. Together, we can accomplish our mission!

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Ron Schara

“For too long Minnesota anglers have not had a strong voice in the Legislature and DNR to promote good fishing programs and policies.  Our goal with MN-FISH is to further the sport of fishing and fishing opportunities . . .  and “shorten-the-time-between-bites.”

Babe Winkelman

Babe Winkelman

“Time and technology is taking its toll on our resources, and anglers and stakeholders know that modifications to regulations and our fisheries programs are much needed in order to restore our strong fishing heritage for future generations to enjoy.”

Steve Pennaz

“Our aquatic resources, fisheries and sport of fishing are being challenged here in Minnesota like never before. As stewards of the “Land of 10,000 Lakes," we must do our part to preserve and protect it for our kids and future generations to enjoy.”

 

Al Lindner

“Our goal is to reverse the continued decline in kid/youth participation thru programs to promote youth fishing recruitment and competitive fishing in school curriculums."

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609 Minnesota Ave
P.O. Box 522
Walker, MN 56484

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