Attended the 2023 DNR Roundtable. This year they culled the invite list and opened attendance up to 50 new attendees. The format followed that of 2022, with a key note by Emily Larson, Mayor of Duluth, then a conversation with Gov Walz, Sarah Strommon DNR Commish and Tom Neustrom.
Interesting presentation on Rough Fish, which are now referred to as Other Native Minnesota Fish.
Number One topic Funding, current, future. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/aboutdnr/funding-future-natural-resources-and-outdoor-recreation.html
– [ ] Most interesting was an after hour’s conversation on fishing tournament permits, fisheries area managers and a handful of anglers. The permit process didn’t anticipate the fast growth of Student Angler tourneys. It’s an interesting problem; clubs that aren’t required to obtain permits, sometimes do so. Parking at ramps continues to be a problem. Savvy tournament Directors schedule on weekdays. Often permits restrict start times, (7am) , only to arrive and find spaces full from clubs that launched at first light. Permits are issued according to restrictions in statute as to acreage, monthly events and weekend availabilities. But all tourneys aren’t equal, there is little conflict between putting a large walleye and large bass tourney on the same lake. While two large Bass tourneys wouldn’t be fun for anyone. Use of tournament parking plans (offsite locations) need more attention. MN public accesses weren’t designed for current activity (of any kind). Minnesota is the leading State nationally in recreational boating, surpassing one billion in 2020 boat sales. Boat ownership is high(834,974), a 35% increase occurred during Covid.
A two hours meaningful discussion evolved. Suggestions centered on perhaps returning to holding an annual DNR sponsored tournament director/ Coach meeting. Perhaps the tournament statute needs some tweaking?