When Minnesota anglers prepare for each fishing season the one thing everyone has in common is a fishing license. The license fees support fish and wildlife conservation in the state and walleye for stocking in Minnesota lakes.

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Also, every year many artists cast their best to be awarded the wildlife habitat stamp winner. There are five stamps: trout and salmon, waterfowl, pheasant, walleye, and turkey.

Recently announced, the winner of the 2023 Walleye stamp is Melissa Mickelson from Minneapolis. The Trout & Salmon stamp was awarded to Bradley Hadrava from Bemidji.

Revenue from trout/salmon stamps (required for anglers aged 18-64 fishing in designated trout water or possessing trout) is dedicated to trout/salmon management & habitat work.     Fish and wildlife stamps can be purchased in combination with a hunting or fishing license. As any true philatelist knows, the stamps are yearly collectibles.


Those who fish Minnesota lakes should take note that beginning September 1 on Mille Lacs Lake walleye anglers will see a relaxed harvest slot. Anglers will be able to harvest one walleye 20-23 inches or one longer than 26 inches, with fishing allowed from 6:00 AM to Midnight.


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