Anglers who fish the Mississippi River between Prescott and the Iowa border can take an online questionnaire about what they think about existing bag and size limits on that stretch of the river and their reactions to potential regulation changes.
The online questionnaire is part of a multi-state review by Wisconsin and Minnesota natural resources departments of size and bag limits on the Mississippi River flowing between the two states. Many of the regulations have not been revised in decades.
The questionnaire can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ybz9pj8p and can be filled out through July 31.
Jordan Weeks, Wisconsin DNR fisheries supervisor in La Crosse, said the online questionnaire aims to give anglers more opportunities to provide input as the two states review regulations. Earlier this spring, Minnesota and Wisconsin natural resources departments held five public input meetings to kick off the review.
“Fishing regulations along this stretch of the Mississippi River have been the same for decades and it’s time for a review,” Weeks said. “We want to hear from anglers on whether they are happy with the quality of fishing or want changes to size and bag limits.”
All gamefish species are being looked at, including sunfish, crappie, largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, white bass, walleye, sauger, catfish and yellow perch.
Input from the online questionnaires, the public meetings and other fisheries data, may be used to develop recommendations for possible regulation changes agreeable to both states. After that, each state would have to go through its own official rule-making process, with additional opportunities for public comment. The earliest any changes might go into effect would be 2020, according to Kevin Stauffer, Lake City area fisheries supervisor for the Minnesota DNR.