Wednesday, July 23, 2014
MN Plans to Implement Early Catch and Release Season in 2015
Thank you for your question. We only received three requests. This does not meet the 25 requests needed; consequently, we plan to adopt the rules without a hearing. At this time, we are reviewing the comments for possible changes that have been requested and take them under consideration.
This is the e-mail I got today from the DNR on the purposed rule changes next year which contained the early bass season. Since only 3 people requested a hearing, there is no more bureaucratic red tape standing in the way. If they "plan to adopt the rules" than I would say there is a 98% likelihood we can fish for bass starting on the MN Fishing Opener next year.
Update: I was wrong about the bureaucratic red tape part. I was informed it will probably be 3 months at least until this is finalized.