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Know the rules before Saturday's fishing opener

The Vermillion River is a world-class trout stream and trout season opens April 17. But before grabbing a fly rod, there's a few things people should know.

Anglers age 16 and older need a fishing license and a trout stamp. Trout fishing on the Vermillion River is catch and release except for the two-mile stretch of the river from Denmark Avenue in Farmington to Highway 3 in Empire Township. Information about fishing regulations and possession limits are available on the Department of Natural Resources web site.

Anglers must also follow Minnesota's trespass law. Fishermen must get permission before entering farmland or posted land. If in doubt, anglers should check with nearby land owners to see if the land is private. A stream or lake is publicly accessible if public land or a public road right-of-way borders the surface of the water. Once accessed, it is legal to move within the water, including wading. It is not legal to move out of the water onto private property, or to cross private property, without the landowner's permission.

Other inland waters have different seasons; for details about seasons and regulations, see the Minnesota Fishing Regulations available online from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at