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Using gamefish such as perch or sunfish as bait to catch larger fish is illegal in Minnesota. This sunfish should be either released or kept, not used to attract larger predators. (Jason Durham / for the Enterprise)

Using game fish for bait is illegal

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Anglers are beginning to cautiously venture out onto the ice, yet refreshing themselves on some of the unknown or commonly misunderstood regulations is important in avoided a fine. Remember, ignorance isn't an excuse.

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Fish can be filleted and prepared for a meal on the ice, but the fish used for the meal count toward the angler or anglers' possession limit.

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