Fishing License Reminder

May 11, 2005

The tackle box is organized, the rods have been rigged, the boat has been tuned-up, the destination has been determined - must mean it's about time for the 2005 Minnesota fishing season.

With the excitement surrounding the opener, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers to make sure they purchase their fishing license before they drop a line in the water.

"One, it's the law," explained Linda Erickson-Eastwood, DNR Fisheries Program manager, "and two, most all of our operating revenue comes from license sales." And that's a lot of money when you consider Minnesota has about 1.4 million resident and non-resident licensed anglers.

The DNR also urges anglers to plan ahead and not wait until the last minute to purchase their fishing license.

"That way anglers can spend more time on the water fishing instead of standing in long lines," said Tom Keefe, Electronic Licensing System (ELS) coordinator.

When purchasing a fishing license, ELS agents will once again ask anglers one fishing-related question. These questions are an ongoing part of the ELS process. "It's one of many tools we use to sample public opinion on important management issues," Erickson-Eastwood said.

Fishing licenses are required for resident anglers age 16 and older and all non-residents. Non-residents under age 16 may fish without a license if an accompanying parent or guardian is licensed. Licenses can be purchased in person at one of 1,800 statewide ELS agents.

They are also available online at or by phone at: 1-888-MNLICEN

There is a $3.50 convenience fee for telephone or online purchases.

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