DNR seeks input on proposed regulation for Vermillion River, other waterbodies

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking for input on several special fishing regulation proposals.

Each year, the DNR proposes new special fishing regulations that apply to individual waters and asks the public for input about the proposals. The regulations, if enacted, are reviewed on a regular basis.

One of the new proposed regulations applies to the Vermillion River:

Brown trout in the Vermillion River — A proposed change would expand an existing catch-and-release-only regulation to the entire Vermillion River.

To view the full list of waterbodies, visit this link.

Anyone can provide input about these proposals via an online survey that is available through Monday, Oct. 17. For additional details or to comment directly by email, U.S. mail or phone about individual proposals, contact the area fisheries office. General input may also be submitted to Jon Hansen at jon.hansen@state.mn.us (link sends email) or 651-259-5239, or via U.S. mail to Fishing regulations/Jon Hansen, Box 20, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155.

The DNR also will be hosting in-person open houses in each county where the proposed changes would apply and one in the Twin Cities metro area to cover all proposals.

For those who want to attend an in-person meeting, information can be found on the DNR website or by calling an area fisheries office. A Vermillion-specific open house will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Hastings City Hall Community Room, 101 4th St. E, Hastings, from 4:30-7 p.m. Another metro area open house will be from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the DNR’s Central Office at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

Notification of the proposed changes to special fishing regulations have been posted at the accesses to each waterbody included in the proposal.