Fishery related permits
tel. (651) 259-5200
fax (651) 297-4916
Aeration system operation
Information regarding permits to operate lake aeration systems can be found on the Lake Aeration Program page.
Aquatic plant management
Permits for aquatic plant management and nuisance control such as algae, snails, and leeches are available upon application. Fees vary with the type of control planned and are available from the area Fisheries headquarters or checkout the aquatic plant permit pages.
Educational Fishing License Waiver for Students
An educational permit is available for use with an aquatic education program, allowing student participants age 16 and over to fish without a license on a catch and release basis.
Fish transport and stocking
Permits to transport and stock fish that are purchased from private hatcheries are obtained at your local fisheries station by filing an application. Download the printable application and return it to your local fisheries office. The length of time for processing is two to three weeks.
Permits are required for scientific research to capture or hold fish in ways not allowed under angling or commercial fishing licenses.
Fishing tournament regulations
Permits are generally required so please check the regulations. The popularity of fishing contests (tournaments) in recent years is reflected by the nearly 600 permits issued annually by DNR to contest organizers. The DNR regulates fishing contests to reduce the potential for conflicts with other water recreationists at public access sites and on the water.
Rough fish removal
Applications for permits to remove rough fish in certain situations may be made by qualified groups or individuals. Permits are available at the Fisheries station in the area involved.
Using cast nets to harvest gizzard shad for bait
Permits are required to use a cast net to harvest gizzard shad for bait. These permits allow harvest in Minnesota portions of the Mississippi River downstream of St. Anthony Falls, and the St. Croix River downstream of the dam at Taylor’s Falls from July 1 – November 30. The length of time for processing is two weeks.