Although many public trout fishing areas exist along Minnesota trout streams, most trout streams are on private land. While landowners often allow fishing access, anglers cannot assume this always will be the case. A few scraps of litter, a ruined fence, a gate accidentally left open or a parked car that blocks field access can result in posted land. The DNR, by law, cannot stock or manage trout along private lands where landowners do not allow access. Following are a few tips to help you improve relations with landowners who allow fishing access on their property:
- Ask permission if you aren't certain the land is public.
- Don't discard wrappers, bait containers, fishing line or other litter beside the stream. Take litter home or dispose of it properly.
- Leave gates and fences as you found them.
- Be quiet and respectful if cattle are present. Causing cattle to run through a fence is a sure way to lose fishing access.
- Make some effort to thank the landowner who allows fishing access- a card or short note is usually very appreciated.
- Remove litter left by others.