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Tullibee netting season opens on two Douglas County lakes

The opening date for the 2009 northern ciscoe or tullibee netting season on Lake Ida and Rachel Lake in Douglas County was Saturday, November 14.

Only these two lakes in Douglas County will be open for sport netting.

Tullibee may be taken by gillnetting for non-commercial use only. Persons engaged in sport netting must possess both Minnesota resident angling and whitefish netting licenses.

The tullibee netting season will close at sunset on Sunday, December 13, 2009.

Fishing regulations require that:

•Nets may be set after sunrise on the opening day and must be removed before sunset on the closing day.

•A whitefish netting license is required.

•A person may use only one gill net, not exceeding 100 feet in length and 3 feet in width.

•Minimum gill net mesh size shall be no less than 1-3/4 or 3-1/2 inch net stretch measure.

•One end of the gill net must have a pole, stake or buoy projecting at least two feet above the surface of the water or ice.

•Gill net must have an identification tag attached near the first float of the end with the pole, stake or buoy.

•Identification tag must be a minimum of 2-1/2 inches by 5/8 inch, permanently bearing the name and address of the owner.

•Gill nets may not be set after sunset or raised before sunrise.

•Gill net must be set and lifted by the licensee only and must be tended at least once every 24 hours.

•A gill net or any part of a gill net may not be set in any water deeper than six feet, measured from the lake bottom to the top surface of the water or ice.

•A gill net may not be set within 50 feet of another gill net.

Netters are reminded that if netting on infested waters the net may not be used in other waters unless it has been dried for a minimum of 10 days or frozen for at least two days.