2021-05-08 06:26:33 –
New from the fierce start of fishing license sales in 2020, anglers appear to be preparing for another busy year in Minnesota in 2021.
According to data from the State Department of Natural Resources, fishing license sales increased 12% from last year until May 1, two weeks before the opening round of general Minnesota fishing on May 15.
Of all the types of licenses available, about 286,086 licenses were sold by May 1, compared to 255,841 licenses as of the first year of last year’s pandemic.
Compared to 2019 before the pandemic, total license sales in 2021 increased by nearly 58%.
So far, it’s the fastest start of Minnesota fishing license sales in at least the last 21 years.
Sales of private resident licenses increased 18% from last year and non-resident personal licenses increased 55% from 2020. Sales of 16-17 year old angler resident youth licenses are down 9% from last year. Other activities as a pandemic limit will be facilitated.
It’s too early to say whether more people are fishing or just buying licenses at the beginning of the year, and whether this trend will continue all year round, but the fishing licenses we’ve seen in recent years. The slow decline in sales seems to have reversed during the pandemic.
Due to increasing fishing pressure, the Vermilion Lake Association and other groups have asked anglers to maintain only half of the legal fish limit this summer.
By the end of the year, Minnesota plans to sell nearly 1.2 million fishing licenses needed by most anglers over the age of 16, except in special circumstances.
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