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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Liberalized Fishing Opens on Freeborn Lake

Liberalized fishing has opened on Freeborn Lake in northwestern Freeborn County according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Liberalized fishing means that all species of fish may be taken in any quantity and in any manner except with the use of seines, hoopnets, or fyke nets by licensed residents, for their personal use, except for rough fish such as bullheads, carp, suckers and buffalo fish may be sold. Gill nets must have metal tags affixed stating the operator's name and address. Each tag must be a minimum of 2 1/2 inches x 5/8 of an inch to one end of the float line near the first float.

Liberalized fishing is being implemented during a water level drawdown beginning the week of August 28. The intent of this drawdown is to create conditions that fish are unable to survive. Eliminating most of the fish will help make the rehabilitation project more successful.

Anglers are reminded that they must obey all laws regarding trespass on private property and that it is against the law to discard fish on shore or on the ice.

For the latest information on lakes that are posted to liberalized fishing in Waterville Fisheries management area, contact the Waterville DNR Fisheries Office at 507-362-4223, or for a statewide listing, go to the DNR Web site at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/liberalized/index.html.


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