Is the MN Fishing Regulation Booklet wrong in regards to the legal date when bass fishing and muskie season opens in MN?
I just so happened to be looking around on the Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes website and I was looking at the topic of BASS and I clicked on the link about seasons and this is what I found:
97C.395 OPEN SEASONS FOR ANGLING.
Subdivision 1.Dates for certain species. (a) The open seasons to take fish by angling are as follows:
(1) for walleye, sauger, northern pike, muskellunge, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass, the Saturday two weeks prior to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to the last Sunday in February;
There is nothing written later about bass and muskie having a later date. According to my thinking the Statute is the State Law and holds more weight than the DNR's regulation if the two are in conflict, which they apparently are.
I've emailed the DNR a question about this, as well as my brother who is a freshly minted lawyer in the State of Minnesota.
Update: The DNR got back to me and in addition to the Statutes there are also "Rules" which apparently are also law, which are allowed to be more restrictive then a Statute or in rare cases if a Statute allows a Rule may be less restrictive. The relevent rule is 6262.0200A2 FISHING REGULATIONS FOR INLAND WATERS