Four Lakes Open To Whitefish And Cisco Netting

Lake Vermilion, Newton, Basswood and Fall lakes will be open to whitefish and cisco (tullibee) sport netting from Thursday through Nov. 13, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Nets and equipment used in Fall Lake may not be used in any other body of water in 2013 because the lake is designated as infested with spiny waterflea.


Fishing regulations require that:

• A whitefish netting license be purchased.

• Nets are set after sunrise on the opening day and removed before sunset on the closing day.

• Only one gill net is used, not exceeding 100 feet in length and 3 feet in width.

• Minimum gill net mesh size shall be no less than 3½-inch net stretch measure for Newton and Vermilion lakes. Minimum gill net mesh size shall be no less than 1¾-inch net stretch measure for Basswood and Fall lakes. Net stretch measure means the interior distance between opposite knots or corners of a single mesh of net, take between the thumb and forefinger and applying enough pressure laterally to allow the opposite sides of the mesh to touch.

• One end of the gill net must have a pole, stake or buoy projecting at least two feet above the surface of the water or ice.

• Gill nets must have an identification tag attached near the first float of the end with the pole, stake or buoy.

• Identification tags must be a minimum of 2½ inches by 5/8 inch, permanently bearing the name and address of the owner.

• Gill nets may not be set after sunset or raised before sunrise.

• Gill nets must be set and lifted by the licensee only, and must be tended at least once every 24 hours.

• A gill net or any part of a gill net may not be set in any waters deeper than 6 feet, measured from the lake bottom to the top surface of the water or ice.

• A gill net may not be set within 50 feet of another gill net.

• Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill netting may not be bought or sold.


Nets should be dried for a minimum of 10 days or frozen for two days before being used in a different water body. If a net is used in infested waters, the net and equipment may not be used in any other waters in 2013. Aquatic invasive species transport laws apply to netters during the fall and winter months just as they would for anglers during warm season angling.