Organizers of fishing tournaments planning events for 2015 may now apply for their permits, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
New this year, the applications will be reviewed as they come in and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, state fisheries officials said.
“We’re awarding permits on a first-come, first-served basis to improve the process for organizers and DNR biologists,” said Jon Hansen, the DNR fish biologist who works on tournament issues. “So get your applications in for both 2014 and 2015 as soon as you can to ensure your spot.”
There is a cap on the maximum amount of tournament fishing pressure allowed