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Where we fish on the ottertail river in central mn. There is a ton of clams that stick up out of the bottom of the river. Not sure what kind they are. Just wondering if anyone has ever ate them and how?

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it is illegal to harvest live freshwater mussels in minnesota.

they are the most endangered faunal group we have here in the US - 70% of the approx 300 species are threatened or endangered. please do not disturb them!!!

They are very important to the health of our rivers

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Definately not a good Idea to get caught with them. Understandably tempting. But clam and muscle beds in MN would get cleaned out quick if it were legal. Especialy the way Minnesotans handle the outdoors. Could you imagine if Rep. Kahn and the rest of the flower pot gang started trying to regulate a clam bake. sick

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From the fishing regulation book (page 70). It looks like you could get a permit if you want.

Mussels (Clams): Twenty of Minnesota’s 48 species of mussels are

protected.A DNR permit* is required to take or possess shells of theseprotected species. It is illegal to possess live mussels, take mussel shells from the St. Croix River, or possess zebra mussels.

* Permit applications are available from the DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155

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Just because it is permitable doesn't make it a good idea. And one would have to become an expert on species identification. Leave them alone is a good mantra.

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