Boaters, remember to give yourself enough time to renew your watercraft registration if it has expired.

As a result of COVID-19 and an increase in requests, the DNR License Center has been working on processing a backlog of mail-in boat registration renewals.

To help customers avoid long wait times for processing, the DNR is encouraging boaters to renew boat registrations online or at a local deputy registrar’s office, rather than by mail. If you renew online, you can print out the confirmation page as your temporary permit. You also may write down your temporary authorization number from the confirmation page.

Your registration card and expiration decals will then be mailed to you. To renew online visit the DNR online license sales webpage and click on “Get Started” and follow the prompts. To renew in person, visit a deputy registrar. Deputy registrar locations are available on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website.

More details: DNR online license sales and DPS registrar location list

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Fishing questions answered

Anglers can find answers to fishing questions at the DNR fishing page, a mobile-friendly destination for information on when, where and how to fish. The page also includes the Minnesota fishing regulations.

You can also find links to LakeFinder, which provides maps and detailed information on lakes throughout the state, and the new StreamFinder tool that provides a description, species list, regulations and access information for trout streams throughout Minnesota.

More details: DNR fishing page

Webinar focuses on open water walleye fishing basics

Do you want to learn more about walleye fishing basics? You’re invited to join a webinar at noon on Wednesday, May 5.

The webinar is part of the DNR’s Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series that aims to give participants quick, relevant information on upcoming seasons and events, and skills to help enjoy these opportunities. Join Ray Ruiz, DNR hunting and fishing skills liaison, and large water angler Steve Robertson, as they discuss fishing for our state fish.

More details: DNR Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series page

Removing lake plants could require a permit

Lakeshore property owners, here’s a reminder that a permit may be required to remove aquatic plants. Aquatic plants provide food and shelter for fish, ducks and other wildlife. They also stabilize the lake bottom, which helps maintain water clarity, and protect shorelines from erosion by absorbing energy from waves and ice.

Additionally, the DNR frequently receives questions about devices that generate water current to wash muck and plants away. They have various trade names, but the DNR refers to these devices generically as hydraulic jets. Even though you can buy one in Minnesota, they cannot be used in any way that disturbs the bottom of the lake or uproots plants.

Specific regulations govern what situations require permits for aquatic plant removal. Regulations and a guide to aquatic plants can be found on the DNR website. To apply for a permit, visit the DNR’s permitting and reporting system.

More details: DNR aquatic plant regulation page

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