It’s a sure sign of fall when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources releases the dates for for whitefish and tullibee netting. And that’s today. The whitefish and tulibee netting season opens Oct. 9 on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperature, according to the DNR.
These lakes, known as Schedule II lakes, offer recreational netting on the following schedule:
Schedule II A lakes open Friday, Oct. 9, and close Sunday, Dec. 6.
Schedule II B lakes open Friday, Nov. 6 and close Sunday, Dec. 13.
Schedule II C lakes open Friday, Nov. 13, and close Sunday Dec. 13.
Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to factors that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places and the DNR website.
The DNR recommends drying nets for 10 days or freezing for two days before moving a net to a new lake, or netting only one lake in a season. Netting in infested waters may be restricted or closed to sport netting of whitefish and tullibee. See fishing regulations for list of infested waters or online at www.mndnr.gov/invasives/ais/ infested.html.
A complete list of all Schedule I and II lakes, status of the seasonal openings and closures, as well as detailed netting regulations are available online at mndnr.gov/regulations/ fishing or by calling the DNR Information Center at (888) 646-6367 in greater Minnesota.
About 700 people obtain permits to net for whitefish and tullibee each year