With Fishing License Sales Lagging, DNR Hopes to Entice More Anglers

July 12, 2018 06:00 AM

It may be the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but it seems there are fewer anglers using them this year.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources just released numbers for fishing license sales up through the weekend after the Fourth of July, and the numbers are down.


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This time last year the DNR had sold 846,322 licenses so far. This year, only 805,242 have been sold. The only lower number in the past 18 years came back in 2013, when the DNR sold 800,337 licenses.

Programs like the "I Can Fish" program are an attempt to reverse the trend.

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The DNR is setting up user-friendly instruction stations every weekend all over Minnesota. It is free for kids and it's designed especially for first-time anglers. It's also designed to add a new generation of anglers to the discouraging statistics.

As to where all of Minnesota's anglers are this summer, one fisherman at Fort Snelling State Park has an idea.

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"I'm going to say technology.  So many kids are stuck inside on video games or online. If we can get the kids out more, it would be a good thing," said Lonzio Buck of St. Paul.

The state relies on revenue from fishing license sales for wildlife habitat study and conservation.

To purchase a fishing license through the DNR website, click here.


Ellen Galles

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