"The popularity of fishing contests (tournaments) in recent years is reflected by the nearly 450-600 permits issued annually by DNR to contest organizers. The DNR regulates fishing contests to protect fish and fish habitat, to restrict activity during high use periods, and for the safety of the participants. Regulating contests through the DNR tournament permit program also serves to reduce the potential for conflicts with other water recreationists at public access sites and on the water. Since 2001, the DNR has limited the number of contest permits issued monthly on any water body, which serves to distribute contests across many lakes and rivers."