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Conservation Code
Chapter II. Fishing Regulations

Section 21.01. Band Fishing Permit

Section 21.02. Non-Band Fishing Permit

Section 21.03. Permit Fees

Section 21.04. Procession of a MN Fishing License for Band or Non-Band Members

Section 22.01. Regulations for Personal Use of Fish

Section 22.02. Taking of Species of Fish Determined Rare or Endangered by the Committee and State of MN

Section 23.01. Band Commercial Fishing Permit for Non-Game Fish

Section 23.02. Commercial Netting Activities

Section 23.03. Commercial Fishing Permit Regulations

Section 23.04. Dark House Regulations

LLOjibwe CC § 21.01
Section 21.01. Band Fishing Permit

Every member of the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians who takes fish within the Leech Lake Reservation shall have in his or her possession a proper Band Fishing Permit. This permit must be in his or her possession whenever taking, possessing or transporting fish within the Reservation and whenever possessing transporting fish anywhere within the state of Minnesota, which fish were lawfully taken within the Reservation. Persons under sixteen (16) years of age may take fish by means of angling and spearing, in accordance with the provisions of this Code, without a permit.

Revised Draft May 30, 1991.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Conservation Code § 21.01, LLOjibwe CC § 21.01



LLOjibwe CC § 21.02
Section 21.02. Non-Band Fishing Permit

If the Conservation Committee determines that it is in the best interests of the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, it may issue a Non-Band Fishing Permit to (1) any other member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe not enrolled with the Leech Lake Band, (2) any other Indian who resides within the Leech Lake Reservation but is not enrolled with the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and (3) to any visiting Indian officials. Such a permit must be in the possession of any such person who takes fish within the Leech Lake Reservation or who transports or possesses fish lawfully taken on the Reservation any place within the state of Minnesota. Persons under sixteen (16) years of age may take fish by means of angling or spearing, in accordance with the provisions of this Code, without a permit.

Revised Draft May 30, 1991.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Conservation Code § 21.02, LLOjibwe CC § 21.02




LLOjibwe CC § 21.03
Section 21.03. Permit Fees

Fees may be charged by the Conservation Commission for issuance of the permits. The Commission may in its discretion charge a greater fee for a Non-Band Permit than for a Band Fishing Permit.

Revised Draft May 30, 1991.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Conservation Code § 21.03, LLOjibwe CC § 21.03

 




LLOjibwe CC § 21.04
Section 21.04. Procession of a MN Fishing License for Band or Non-Band Members

No member of the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians shall be required to purchase or possess a Minnesota Fishing License when fishing within the Leech Lake Reservation or when possessing or transporting fish. lawfully taken within the Reservation, anywhere within the state of Minnesota, provided that he has in his possession a proper Band Fishing Permit. Any Indian who is not enrolled in the Leech Lake Band shall not be required to purchase or possess a Minnesota Fishing License when fishing within the Leech Lake Reservation or when possessing or transporting fish, lawfully taken within the Reservation, anywhere within the state of Minnesota, provided that he has in his possession a proper Non-Band Fishing Permit. Transportation of game fish off the Reservation is subject to the provisions of Section 13.03 of this Code.

Revised Draft May 30, 1991.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Conservation Code § 21.04, LLOjibwe CC § 21.04

 

LLOjibwe CC § 22.01
Section 22.01. Regulations for Personal Use of Fish

The following regulations are hereby imposed on the taking for personal use of fish:

(1) No fish may be taken by means of explosives, drugs, poisons, lime medicated bait or other deleterious substances.

(2) There shall be no taking of game fish for any purpose by use of gill nets except where such taking is for personal use. Snapping turtles may be taken for commercial purposes during the open season for game fish provided that any person taking snapping turtles for commercial purposes possesses a valid commercial fishing permit.

(3) Game fish season shall be closed between March 31, two weeks prior to the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, except for perch and panfish. No gill nets shall be used during this period for the taking of any fish.

(4) No gill net shall be set in a river or stream or within three hundred (300) feet of the inlet or outlet of any river or stream between the opening of fishing and June 15 of each season, except exemptions may be made upon an individual application to the Reservation Tribal Council.

(5) Muskellunge shall not be taken with a spear.

(6) When netting for personal use, no more than two hundred (200) feet of net or nets shall be used by each permittee and no permittee may set a net within fifty (50) feet of another's net or nets.

(7) Non-game fish, including suckers, shall not be taken in any manner between March 31 and April 30.

(8) No fishing shall be allowed in “No Fishing Areas” posted by the Leech Lake Conservation Commission.

(9) All nets must be identified as Indian by having a float attached to either or both ends with the permittee's name and permit number plainly marked on the float.

(10) It shall be unlawful to have in possession, at or near any waters, a spear during the period of April 1 through April 30. It shall be unlawful to have in possession, at or near any water, a gill net during the period of April 1 to the opening of the game fish season.

Revised Draft May 30, 1991.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Conservation Code § 22.01, LLOjibwe CC § 22.01



LLOjibwe CC § 22.02
Section 22.02. Taking of Species of Fish Determined Rare or Endangered by the Committee and State of MN

There shall be no taking of any species of fish determined rare or endangered by the Committee and state of Minnesota. The Conservation Committee may in its discretion close all or portions of specified lakes, streams or rivers to all or specific methods of fishing if it determines that further fishing in such lakes, streams or rivers will harm the resource, or may close such lakes, streams or rivers to fishing for specified species of fish when it determines that such species will be endangered by further taking.

Revised Draft May 30, 1991.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Conservation Code § 22.02, LLOjibwe CC § 22.02




LLOjibwe CC § 23.01
Section 23.01. Band Commercial Fishing Permit for Non-Game Fish

Fish may not be taken for commercial purposes within the Leech Lake Reservation; provided, that upon proper application by a Band member only, the Conservation Committee may in its discretion issue a Commercial Fishing Permit for non-game fish species only upon determination that limited amount of commercial fishing will not harm the resource. The Conservation Committee shall strictly regulate the manner of fishing, the type of fish taken and the amount of the take under such a permit. A person operating under such a permit shall have in possession at all times a Commercial Fishing Permit. All nets used must be identified as Indian nets by having a float attached to either or both ends, with the permittee's name and Commercial Fishing permit number plainly marked on the float.

Revised Draft May 30, 1991.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Conservation Code § 23.01, LLOjibwe CC § 23.01




LLOjibwe CC § 23.02
Section 23.02. Commercial Netting Activities

Band members shall not exercise personal netting privileges when engaging in commercial netting activities.

Revised Draft May 30, 1991.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Conservation Code § 23.02, LLOjibwe CC § 23.02




LLOjibwe CC § 23.03
Section 23.03. Commercial Fishing Permit Regulations

All persons operating under a Commercial Fishing Permit shall be subject to the following regulations regarding the taking and transportation of non-game fish.

(1) All non-game fish taken under a valid Commercial Fishing Permit may be possessed in quantities prescribed in such permit and bought, sold or transported during any season designated by the Conservation Committee. Such fish may be frozen or cured during open season, and when so cured or frozen may be transported, bought or sold at any time.

(2) All live game fish taken incidentally in a commercial fishing operation shall be released immediately to the waters from which taken. All dead or injured game fish may be retained for personal use.

(3) When shipping non-game fish taken under a Commercial Fishing Permit, the parcel must be plainly marked on the outside stating the name, address and permit number of the shipper and the kind and number of such fish contained in the package. The waybill or receipt issued by any common carrier to a shipper shall specify the pounds and species of such fish so shipped.

(4) No more than 600 linear feet of net in total with no single net being more than 300' in length may be used for the commercial taking of non-game fish by a single permittee.

(5) The season and other conditions for the commercial taking of non-game fish will be set annually by the Leech Lake Tribal Council.

(6) Commercial taking of minnows and other baits except for re-sale at resorts or bait shops located within the Reservation boundaries is prohibited except by special permit or for those who have entered into contracts with the Leech Lake Tribal Council for the commercial taking of minnows and other baits.

(7) Every person who takes minnows or leeches within the Leech Lake Reservation shall have in his/her possession a Commercial Bait Harvest Permit, which permit must be current and must not have been revoked.

(8) Nets and traps used to take leeches or minnows must be clearly identified and visible above the surface of the water, with the owners name and license number on one end of the net or trap on a float, flag or pole.

(9) Nets or traps may not be placed within 100 feet of previously set nets or traps of another permittee.

(10) It shall be prohibited to tend or disturb the net or trap of any other permittee without written authorization from the first permittee.

(11) Nets or traps used for fish, leeches or minnows shall be removed from the water body and adjacent shoreline when not in active use. Nets or traps must be tended within seventy-two (72) hours of being set or previously tended.

(12) Wanton waste of leeches or minnows shall be prohibited.

(13) Any duly authorized Conservation Officer of the Leech Lake Reservation or the Director of the Leech Lake Reservation Division of Resources Management, may, at their discretion, close a given body of water to bait taking to prevent overharvest, environmental damage or to keep the peace.

Revised Draft May 30, 1991.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Conservation Code § 23.03, LLOjibwe CC § 23.03




LLOjibwe CC § 23.04
Section 23.04. Dark House Regulations

All dark houses will be identified with a name, address and permit number posted in a conspicuous place and manner. All dark houses will be removed from the ice of the lakes and streams and waters within the Reservation not later than 12:01 a.m. March 1st of each year.

Revised Draft May 30, 1991.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Conservation Code § 23.04, LLOjibwe CC § 23.04

 

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