Dropper Rigs - Not Here!
For those not familiar with this system, we have included this diagram to illustrate a typical set up. Dropper systems are a real effective way to cover multiple strike zones on a single drift. Just don’t use them on the trout waters of the North Shore.
Hopefully all of you have read, and are familiar with the Lake Superior Tributary section within the State fishing regulations booklet. For those that are not familiar, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has the following hook use verbiage in the 2010 Fishing Regulations:
“Anglers are restricted to a single hook only—no treble hooks—on Lake Superior tributary streams and rivers up to the posted boundaries. Exceptions are the St. Louis River (St. Louis and Carlton Counties) and the Pigeon River (Cook County).”
To some, the wording in the regulations is not 100% clear. Several individuals have interpreted this as single hooks are ok even if using two. No matter how you read it, we decided to dig into this a bit further to provide crystal clear clarity.
We spoke with Conservation Officer, 1st Lieutenant Jeff Koehn, of the MN DNR Enforcement Division and got what we were looking for - clarity. Lt Koehn sited the actual rules as stated under MN Administrative Rules: 6262.0200 and Rule 6226.0300. As with most state laws, regulations and rules, these rules are quite a bit longer than what is actually listed. The Rules for fishing have been summarized to help reduce the size of our regulation booklet and reduce confusion. Lt. Koehn directed us to the specific wording that clearly states one hook and one hook only. He also stated that they will be making recommendations for further clarity on the existing questionable verbiage so there is no future confusion.
To those not familiar with what this is all about, the North Shore Rivers have special fishing regulations. Single hooks only on the designated water from the upstream boundary down to Lake Superior, including 100’ of shoreline on either side of each river mouth. For more information on where the upstream boundary are located please visit the website, the DNR Designated trout water map, or contact us and we will see that you get the information. Note that the upstream boundaries are not always at Hwy 61. This has to be one of the biggest misconceptions we have encountered while on the water.
If you notice someone in violation of the dropper hook ruling you have decision to make. If the situation feels right, educating an angler may be all that is needed. For those blatant Jack wagons, the decision should be simple - please report them to the MN 24/7/365 TIP Line: 1-800-652-9093