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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

If you have a question you would like answered, relating to fish, email jvlfsb@aol.com. If it's found to be a relevant question we'll post it along with the answer.

Q:  I've caught a trophy fish and want to have it mounted. What is the best way to store the fish until I can get it to a taxidermist?

A: Smooth down the fins and wrap the fish tightly in a dark cloth. Wrap with several layers of newspaper and lay on a firm flat surface in the freezer. Contact a taxidermist of your choice as soon as possible to make arrangements to bring the fish in for mounting. The sooner you can take it in the better.

Q:  I'm trying to reach a NFDA carver that I saw at one of the shows. Where can I find them?

A:  Visit the CARVERS CORNER on the NFDA website. If you cannot find your carver there contact the NFDA. They will do their best to find who you are looking for.

Q:  I'm interested in joining the NFDA.  How do I join?

A:  CLICK HERE for more information.

Q: Where can I find the limited edition prints from "The Gathering" events?

A: The prints are available for sale from the NFDA. You can visit the  Photo Gallery to see what is still available.

Q:  I'm interested in learning how to carve. Does the NFDA have classes?

A: Watch for NFDA Events that may feature carving classes.

Q:  WHILE SPEARING, CAN YOU USE A TIP-UP?

A: Yes.  While spearing, a person may use one angling line or one tip-up.  The angling line or tip-up may be inside the house or outside the house. Learn more about the new spearing/angling rules by visiting the NFDA News page.

Q: IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO JIG OR USE A SPOON IN THE SAME HOLE USED FOR SPEARING?

A: Yes.  A person may angle and spear at the same time, and may angle and spear in the same hole.

Q: IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO HAVE A HOOK EMBEDDED IN A SUCKER BEING USED AS BAIT? 

A: Yes.  A person may angle and spear at the same time, a sucker minnow may be used as bait for angling.  If a sucker, being used as spearing decoy, has a hook in it, that sucker/hook will constitute the one angling line which can be used while spearing.  Learn more about the new spearing/angling rules by visiting the NFDA News page.

Q: In 2006, the Minnesota DNR released information regarding the new spearing regulations. Where can I find them.

A: Look no further... here they are:

For more information, contact Captain Jim Konrad, DNR Enforcement Administrative Manager; 651-259-5047 

Important rule changes for Minnesota anglers who spear fish

 December 1, 2006, brought some important rule changes for Minnesota anglers who spear fish. Under the new law a person may not take fish by angling or the use of tip-ups while spearing fish in a dark house, except that a person may take fish by angling if only one angling line is in use and any fish caught by angling is immediately released to the water or placed on the ice. The new rules apply to rough fish, catfish, lake whitefish, and northern pike taken by spearing.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CHANGES:

 WHILE SPEARING, CAN YOU USE A TIP-UP?
Yes.  While spearing, a person may use one angling line or one tip-up.  The angling line or tip-up may be inside the house or outside the house.

 IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO JIG OR USE A SPOON IN THE SAME HOLE USED FOR SPEARING?

 Yes.  A person may angle and spear at the same time, and may angle and spear in the same hole.

 IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO HAVE A HOOK EMBEDDED IN A SUCKER BEING USED AS BAIT?

 Yes.  A person may angle and spear at the same time, a sucker minnow may be used as bait for angling.  If a sucker, being used as spearing decoy, has a hook in it, that sucker/hook will constitute the one angling line which can be used while spearing. 

 THE LAW REQUIRES ANY FISH CAUGHT BY ANGLING (WHILE SPEARING) TO BE IMMEDIATELY RELEASED TO THE WATER OR PLACED ON THE ICE.  DOES THAT REQUIREMENT APPLY TO FISH THAT ARE SPEARED? 

No.  That specific requirement is limited to fish taken by angling. 

 CAN THE FISH BE IN A BUCKET THAT’S ON THE ICE, ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, OR IN A COOLER? 

The purpose of this requirement is to prevent leaving game fish on the angling line in the water serving as bait.  “On the ice” means not in the water, and can reasonably include being in a bucket, cooler, or on the floor of the house.  The fish can be placed either inside the house or outside of the house. 

 IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE SPEAR OR ONE ANGLING LINE IN THE HOUSE AT THE SAME TIME? 

Each person may use one angling line while spearing.  If two people are in a house and only one of them is spearing, the person spearing may use one angling line, and the person not spearing may use two angling lines.  It is also permissible to have additional spears and angling equipment in possession in the house provided such equipment is not in use.

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