MN-FISH aims to give anglers a stronger voice in Minnesota

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 Mar 18th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  167

Modified Mar 18th, 2019 at 10:15 AM

A group of movers and shakers in Minnesota fishing circles has launched a grassroots organization aimed at giving anglers a stronger voice in the Legislature and with the Department of Natural Resources in an effort to make the Land of 10,000 Lakes an even better place to wet a line.

Known as the MN-FISH Sportfishing Foundation and Coalition, the new 501c3 nonprofit organization is planning a formal roll-out during the Northwest Sportshow, set for March 21-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The goal is simple: “To improve fishing opportunities in Minnesota and shorten the time between bites,” said Ron Schara, president of MN-FISH.

In a phone interview, Schara said the concept for MN-FISH surfaced last summer, when several fishing pros and industry types met to talk about the need for better information on fisheries management and to discuss options for getting the Minnesota Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame on better financial footing.

“That was the impetus,” said Schara, a veteran outdoors communicator and host of the “Minnesota Bound” outdoors TV show from 1995 through May 2018. “What came out of that was the realization that the average angler in Minnesota wasn’t well represented in the Legislature.”

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