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MINNESOTA, THE 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!”

MN-FISH™ IS OUR VOICE TO DEMAND FUNDING FOR FISHING AT THE LEVEL IT DESERVES

CHECK OUT OUR LATEST INITIATIVES

July 1, 2022
Bumper to Bumper at Boat Landings

BOATERS MAY FIND LINES AND LIMITED PARKING AT STATE BOAT ACCESS RAMPS Get to Boat Ramps Early Over July 4th Holiday If You Plan to Park…

May 12, 2022
State of Minnesota Fishing Summit “Great Success”

More than 80 leading stakeholders attend historic MN-FISH event Rogers, Minn. (May 12, 2022) — MN-FISH president Ron Schara stumped the audience of 80 stakeholders…

May 5, 2022
Forum leaders say it’s time to reinvest in fishing in Minnesota

Tony Kennedy May 5, 2022 — 4:47pm First-ever fishing summit by anglers’ group pushes for hatchery upgrades and boat launch fixes. https://www.startribune.com With a microphone…

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, 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!

OUR FISH, OUR FIGHT!

WHY YOU NEED TO ADD YOUR VOICE TO MN-FISH™!

  • You want Minnesota fishing to continually get better.
  • You want better stocking programs.
  • You want better lake access.
  • You want better management of our resources.
  • You want to help youth fishing programs.
  • You want our lakes and rivers to be clean and healthy.
  • You want to stop invasive species.
  • You want Minnesota fishing to get the funding it deserves.

As a Minnesota fishing guide who promotes CPR fishing (catch, photo & release) and the MN-FISH™ mission, there is nothing more important than clean water and a healthy multi species fishery.

- TONY ROACHRoach's Guide Service

OUR FISHERIES ARE WORTH THE FIGHT. 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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