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Dayton Signs Bill to Make Muskies Catch-and-Release in Minn.

Created: 05/26/2014 5:26 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The next time you catch a trophy muskie in Minnesota, chances are you won't be able to keep it.

Governor Mark Dayton just signed a bill that raises the minimum size for muskie in Minnesota from 48 inches to 54 inches.

Around 50 inches is generally thought to be a trophy fish that one might consider putting up on the wall.

The new regulation effectively makes Minnesota catch-and-release only on muskie.

Muskies Inc. and the Minnesota Pike and Muskie Alliance pushed for the change. It doesn't go into effect until next year's fishing season.

A muskie caught in Ontario.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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