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Fishing’s Future

Industry set to benefit from $98.1m investment in Minnesota fishing and boating

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The fishing tackle industry is set to benefit from a $98.1m investment in fishing and boating in the state of Minnesota, which officials are calling ‘transformational’ and ‘historic’.

The investment includes:

  • $55m to revitalise the state’s ageing hatchery system, including the replacement of the critical Waterville hatchery which supports key fisheries across southern Minnesota through annual stocking of walleye, pike and other species;
  • $5m to improve and enhance shore fishing opportunities in urban areas with new piers and other facilities;
  • $38.1m for improving public water access state-wide.

“This is a moment that Minnesota anglers should celebrate,” said Ron Schara, President of the non-profit group, MN-FISH. “This investment in fishing shows state leadership understands the economic and cultural importance of sportfishing in Minnesota, and the need to maintain it.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (left) and MN-FISH President Ron Schara.

Schara said MN-FISH members and other anglers also deserve credit for reaching out to legislators and showing their support for repairing and updating state fish hatcheries and public boat accesses. 

In 2022, MN-FISH hosted the first-ever Minnesota Fishing Summit to identify leading issues impacting fishing in the state and to search for solutions. The event was attended by Governor Tim Walz, DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen and other state leaders. All heard first-hand the need to act on behalf of the state’s 1.2 million licensed anglers.

“Gov. Walz heard the call from anglers and responded.” said Dave Osborne, MN-FISH Treasurer. ‘The Governor’s leadership during the 2023 legislative session to begin reinvesting in our fish hatcheries and accesses demonstrated his commitment to ‘Keep Minnesota Fishing Strong.’”

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