Minnesota legislators consider allowing lighted lure

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2000

ST. PAUL (AP) -- Using lights to lure fish long has been illegal in Minnesota, but Dan Foss of Apple Valley, inventor of the GloJig, hopes fishing-crazy lawmakers soon will change all that.

The GloJig lure uses a small, watch battery-powered light to attract fish. Twist the jig's head and the ''lure'' glows like a bright firefly. But his one-man company got snagged on the Minnesota law prohibiting the use of lights to attract fish, under the premise that it gives anglers an unfair advantage.

So Foss contacted some legislators and got a bill drafted to legalize his invention.

The lighted-lure bill quickly passed several committees. It awaits a vote on the floors of the House and Senate and final approval by Gov. Jesse Ventura.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hasn't opposed the lighted lure bill, but fisheries officials expressed concern about the growing number of inventions that aid anglers. ''It's the cumulative impact of technology that worries me,'' said DNR fisheries chief Ron Payer.

Foss, 35, admits his lure works under the principle that light attracts fish. He said his jig is legal in all states except Minnesota, Wyoming and Delaware.

He's been testing the GloJig on a lake near his sister's cabin in Wisconsin, both through the ice and on open water. ''I've caught everything but a largemouth bass on it,'' he said. ''It stacks the deck a little more in the fisherman's favor.''

He hopes to have the $3.95 lure on shelves by the opening of Minnesota's fishing season May 13. A patent is pending.

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