Wind was howling when we left the dock this morning and I was pretty shook up about it.
A nice steady bite with decent fish made the day a real pleasure.
Good news going into the big weekend, the fish are biting.
not something I consider when eating as I don't eat fish weekly. I feed them to my kids and my wife ate it while pregnant. Not sure if there really is a concern or not but the basic guidelines are out there more for kids and pregnant women. Unless you are eating fish daily or every other day then I don't think you need to worry a whole bunch. Heck if you die because of mercury poisoning from eating too many fish, well at least you had one hell of a time before you died! HAHAHA
A few years back a local lake close to the metro started producing a lot of crappies and people drove all over to fish. A lot of fish were taken and eaten. The lake had been traditionally known as a dumping pond for farm runoff and other things like that...I ate a limit or 2 from said lake and never had issues with anything and the fish tasted like they should. Point being that unless they say "DON'T EAT FISH FROM THIS LAKE" just follow the state guidelines for your kids and prego wife but other than that enjoy a meal or 2 a week if you are lucky to catch enough!! Good Luck- Ozzie
Minnesota state parks have made it easy—and free —to experience the fun of fishing.
“We’ve eliminated some of the barriers that were keeping today’s busy families from getting out fishing,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota state parks and trails. “Now, you and your family can try your hand at fishing – at no cost – before investing in equipment or purchasing a fishing license.”
People are able to fish from shore without a license in most state parks on a lake or river that doesn’t require a trout stamp. Other rules and regulations still apply, such as the number and size of fish that the person can keep. Details, including a map showing where to find the free fishing opportunities, can be found online.
Free fishing kits, which include a rod and tackle, are loaned out on a first-come, first-served basis at many state parks, thanks to funding from the DNR’s MinnAqua program.
“These fishing kits make it easy for families,” said Jeff Ledermann, education and skills leader for DNR’s fish and wildlife outreach section. “The many fishing opportunities state parks offer are a great way for families to have fun, learn together and build a tradition that connects them to the outdoors.”
Beginners and those who haven’t fished in awhile can brush up on their fishing skills at one of many I Can Fish! programs this summer. These hands-on learning opportunities ($5 for adults and free for children under age 12) cover fish identification, casting, knot-tying and more.
Fishing gear is provided for use during the programs, and fishing licenses are not required. Experienced anglers will demonstrate skills and then give participants time to practice. Participants will also get a small tackle box to take home with them. For a complete schedule of I Can Fish! programs and information on how to register, visit www.mndnr.gov.
For more information, contact the DNR Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 (8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday).
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