Matthew S. Miller
Q: I've been told I have to drain all the water from my boat before transporting it from a lake.
Q: Am I allowed to drink a beer when out in a motorboat, or is that an "open-container" violation?
Q: Is there a "gray area" or courtesy consideration given when measuring fish on a lake or river with special regulations?
Q: I usually keep enough life jackets on my boat for the number of people I have with me. Are there specific types I need to make sure I have with?
Q: I live along the lake shore and am raking my yard and cleaning up leaves and branches. Can I push the debris into the lake for fish habitat or biomass?
Q: What are the requirements for taking smelt from Lake Superior?
Q: I have a lot of debris and brush piled up in my yard. Can I burn it this spring before things start to green up?
Q: What should I do if I find an very young or injured animal that appears to be abandoned?
Q: I have hooked a lot of sturgeon on the St. Louis River while fishing for walleyes and they were a blast to have on my line. Can I purposefully fish for them now? A: Yes, during certain times of year. In the recent years, regulations on the river have changed to sometimes allow a catch-and-release-only season for sturgeon. The season during which they may be targeted opens June 16 and continues through the ice season to close April 14, 2019. It is closed now, as it is each year from April 15 to June 15.
Q: My 12-year-old just completed snowmobile safety training and wants to ride as soon as the trails are in good shape. In looking through his book, I see that snowmobile safety training is required of anyone born after 1976. Does that include me as an adult as well?