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Fishing with 2 lines in MN?


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Just wondering what public opinion is on the use of 2 lines during the open water season in MN. Most other surrounding states allow the use of multiple lines. I've never heard an argument against the use of 2. Personally I usually don't keep any fish but for arguments sake. My oppinion is that if they have a limit on the amount of fish you can keep per day what is the difference how fast you catch your limit. What do you guys think?

Jason Erlandson

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I'd be fine with the two lines for open water. I've fished wisc. many a time with 2 lines and mabey I'm not coordinated (or good w/spelling)enough to manage 2 lines but I tended 1 more than the other. Also some people who keep all that they catch should not be offered the opportunity. so in the end I guess I'm 50/50. GOOD LUCK!

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I can't tell you how nice it would be, especially for shore fishing. Toss out one with slip bobber or a bottom rig, and pass the time casting a jig or crankbait with the other.
I also agree, why should it matter as long as we have restricted limits. The only problem I see is that more people might actually catch and take there limit, which is a non-factor in my case.

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I think an extra line should cost an extra $25 or more. Regulations stay the same...Win-Win...Angler-DNR. Course right now, an extra line costs around $80-$100!

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Great idea for the extra charge. The side of the debate that the fishing quality would go down wouldn't be as strong because the DNR could use it for more stocking... Or pay the salary for more officers to patrol the folks fishing w/2 lines to make sure they are legit... HMM. GOOD LUCK!

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It SHOULD be two lines. I hate only using one line. It should cost extra either.

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It SHOULD be two lines. I hate only using one line. It should cost extra either.

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another vote for 2 lines. iowa, sd, wisc, all our neighbors allow it.

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i agree with dtro... 2 lines would be nice when shore fishing so you can cast and bobber fish at the same time!!! i have never seen a valid arguement as to why you can in the winter and not in the summer. probably has to do with the same reason that up until the last few years you could only shoot one deer per season even if you had doe tag. some one some where in the government is making up stupid rules to make it look like their job is important.

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I would be up for two lines, but how would you work that for bassin' I can see trolling cranks and shore oppertunities etc, but I guess it would be ok as long as the extra cost would be an "add-on" as some people may not want to use two lines, especially bobbering on mille lacs, so with all that mumblings, Iwould be for it.
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I am all for 2 lines it is ridiculas to be allowed two through the ice but only one in open water. I for one would love to anchor up on a rock hump and set a bobber rig out while pitchin a jig.

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2 lines and it shouldn't cost more. The limit should regulate the harvest, not the method.

[This message has been edited by BradB (edited 05-06-2004).]

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Im all for 2 lines. It doesnt seem to be a problem in Wi. where I live. I dont keep anymore fish because of it.

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Perhaps we have the one line law because of, well, tradition. I have read reports stating that Minnesota has closed seasons is due to tradition, hard to have an opener when it's always open. Our legislatures have a difficult time dealing with change and I believe uncovering fallacies in information that they receive. I would love to pitch out a bobber and bait whilst casting a lure. Two lines good idea, perhaps that should have been a resolution written and submitted at our caucusses.
God lyk!

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We CAN use 2 lines; on Lake Superior! Do it often, I can't see where it would hurt on inland waters. I'd be in favor.

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I vote for 2 lines!! I would love to be twice as disappointed in my fishing abilites smile.gif

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I agree with the two lines idea.

I've been used to using two lines every else I've been surrounding MN.

It's boring when you throw out a slip bobber and just sit there and wait. As many have said it would be nice to be able to cast a lure or jig and use a slip bobber at the same time.

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I'm for it. SD is a blast running two.
Think of the options.
Your on a nice steady drift with a lindy rig out, and a jig on another line, or cranks on planner boards. grin.gif

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Two lines all the way! I love working Multiple trolling lines as much as reeling in the fish. Lower limits and slots will protect our fisheries!!

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Two lines? Yes.
Added cost? No.
If the DNR needs more money, then raise the fines for poaching!! And throw in a good beating too (for poaching)

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We should get 2 lines, no extra fee, and lower the limits if you want (thinking mainly walleye). A limit will still guide fish kept.
By the way let us take our plugs out duck hunting too. 3 shots for a six duck limit, 5 shots for a 2 pheasant limit, 5 shots for 1 deer, doesn't make sense.

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i would be for 2 lines (even though i would never used them) but i think that since it would be i privlege you should have to pay extra for it..

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This topic has been beat to death in these forums in the past.

I for one would love to run 2 lines, especially for trolling, but like someone else said, this is Minnesota.

Rep Juhnke from Willmar authored a bill in the MN house a few years ago that never got out of committee. The MNDNR was very much against the proposal because they feared an overharvest issue. My thoughts were, so what? A limit is a limit no matter how you get it, one line or two!!

But oh well....

Maybe another legislator will bring this up again in the future. Hopefully.

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I am against 2 lines. Although I would love to use 2 lines when bobber fishing or downrigging etc. I would have to go against the grain on this one. I think it would increase the overall harvest by up to 25%. Yes we still have the limits but in reality most people rarely take a limit. I think 2 lines would increase the times a person does take a limit. In this equation you have to throw out alot of people on this site because most of us are good fisherpersons and practice C & R or keep what is needed for a meal. It's the people that have the menality of keeping every fish they catch that would increase the total harvest. If you're talking walleyes say the extra line enables people to catch and keep 4 fish instead of 3 fish, 25% increase in harvest. If the fish are snapping good it isn't a problem to catch a limit with one line so I say the arguement that they can only take 1 limit is not valid here. I am sure it the DNR set the limits based on a person keeping a limit every time out fishing, we would be able to keep maybe 2 walleyes. They are counting on people not catching their limit. This allows them to keep a higher limit when the fishings good for them if they chose. That's my 23c on the matter.

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I Wouldn't mind it. But YES, it should require an extra fee. I would probably pay that fee generally just because when shorefishing it is rather boring staring at my chunk of Balsa waiting for it to sink. But having it just as a standard for everyone? I don't think that's a good idea, because then it would lead to overharvest. Making people pay extra for it would probably detour many of the "keep'm all folks" and therefore only certain people would be paying that extra.

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Fivebucks,

If what you say is true, then they should lower the limit by ~25%. I'd be in support of that. Then let us use two lines both in summer and winter.


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