Fishing dates to remember
– Dec. 7: Meeting to discuss muskie proposal for Big Marine Lake, 7-9 p.m., Scandia Community and Senior Center, 14727 209th St. N., Scandia.
– Dec. 8: Meeting to discuss muskie proposal for Franklin and Lizzie chain, and Loon chain,7-9 p.m., Lake Region Electric Cooperative, 1401 S. Broadway, Pelican Rapids.
– Dec. 9: A Twin Cities area meeting on proposed muskie lakes throughout Minnesota, 7-9 p.m., Oak Room at the Bunker Hills Activity Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover.
– Jan. 1: Lake trout season begins for lakes entirely within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA); Stream trout catch-and-release season begins for inland water streams in Houston, Fillmore, Mower, Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Wabasha and Goodhue counties.
– Jan. 16: Winter lake trout and stream trout seasons begin for lakes outside or partly outside the BWCA.
– Feb. 28: Statewide angling seasons end for a variety of game fish species; also last day for dark-house spearing, see Fish Minnesota for details.
Muskie meetings continue, comments welcome
The DNR continues to seek public input to help determine if new muskellunge lakes spread geographically throughout Minnesota should be established in 2016. Comments are being taken at public input meetings and online.
Lakes being considered are Big Marine in Washington County; the Fairmont chain in Martin County; and Gull chain in Cass County. Two chains of lakes in Otter Tail County are under consideration – Franklin and Lizzie chain, and Loon chain – although no more than one of the three lakes within those chains will be chosen. All but Big Marine are chains of lakes, which would allow some movement of stocked muskellunge to connected waters.
The DNR posted signs at accesses of candidate muskie lakes and began talking with local angling groups and lake associations last summer. The final two in a series of input meetings on all the proposed lakes are:
– Twin Cities area, Big Marine Lake: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, Scandia Community and Senior Center, 14727 209th St. N., Scandia.
– Pelican Rapids, to discuss the muskie proposal for Franklin and Lizzie chain, and Loon chain, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, 1401 S. Broadway.
– Twin Cities area, to discuss all proposed lakes, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, Oak Room at the Bunker Hills Activity Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover.
Comments also may be submitted via email or postal mail to the following area fisheries offices:
– Big Marine: DNR east metro fisheries, 1200 Warner Road, St. Paul, MN 56401.
– Fairmont chain: DNR Windom area fisheries, 175 County Rd 26, Windom, MN 56101.
– Franklin and Lizzie chain, and Loon chain: DNR Fergus Falls area fisheries, 1509 1st Ave. North, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.
– Gull chain: DNR Brainerd area fisheries, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401.
– Less restrictive Red Lake winter walleye regulations
Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this winter will be able to keep three walleye – one more than last winter’s limit – and those fish can be from a broader size range.
Regulations became effective Dec. 1 that set the daily bag and possession limit for Red Lake at three walleye, and only one of which may be longer than 17 inches.
Last winter, anglers could keep two walleye, one of which could be longer than 26 inches. All walleye 17-26 inches had to be immediately released. Here is more information on Red Lake fishing regulations.
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