Javier Serna

Minnesota angler ties his own flathead catfish length record [Photo]

By Javier Serna Assistant Editor Shakopee, Minn. — For the second spring in a row, Jacob Robinson has landed a 49-inch flathead catfish on the Minnesota River on May 15. The hefty fish, this one an inch thicker in girth (33½ inches) and likely heavier, tied last year’s fish in Minnesota DNR’s catch-and-release length record program, which was launched last…

One-time shot of money to fund 2017 CWD surveillance

St. Paul — The state Legislature’s environment budget bill, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton last week, included $500,000 to pay for wildlife disease testing. It will be needed this coming fall as the state expands surveillance for chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer. The discovery of the fatal deer disease on a deer farm in Crow Wing County – and…

One dog death via trap reported during recent furbearer season

St. Paul — There was one fatal incident involving a dog caught in a trap in 2016, the lowest number since the Minnesota DNR began tracking reported incidents in 2012. It was a low-effort year for trappers, what with a largely depressed fur market, but there’s also reason to believe that educational efforts might be helping to avoid these conflicts….

Study says Mississippi River starts out clean, leaves Minnesota dirty

St. Paul — The Mississippi River remains a healthy, clean stream for much of the way down to about St. Cloud, the river’s most pristine stretch on its 2,320-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. But a new monitoring study released last week by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency shows the river’s water quality takes a turn for the worse…

Muskie anglers score on open water of Mille Lacs [Photo]

Aitkin, Minn. — For the second fall in a row, some hefty muskies have been reportedly pulled out of Lake Mille Lacs. Continued open water opened up opportunity for muskie anglers willing to put up with what can be tough fishing conditions. The muskie season closed Dec. 1. For the second year in a row, there were muskellunge caught and…

Large cat sighting disputed

Originally reported as cougars, DNR officials now conclude it was bobcats Nashwauk, Minn. — The report of a pair of mountain lions in Itasca County has been called a case of mistaken identity by a Minnesota DNR wildlife official. After news of the sighting – first reported by the Pioneer Press – circulated on the Internet, Dan Stark, the Minnesota…

MN DNR agrees to allow bands to kill 10 more moose

St. Paul — The Minnesota DNR has granted a special permit that will allow two Chippewa tribes to each take five moose before year’s end. The move could bring the total number of moose killed by tribal hunters in northeastern Minnesota to 38, ending a three-year moratorium on the beleaguered species, which was estimated last winter at about 4,000 animals,…

Bass Pro Shops’ acquistion: Cabela’s, in $5.5 billion deal

Sidney, Neb. — In the competitive fishing and hunting retail industry, one big fish just swallowed another. On Monday, it was announced that Bass Pro Shops had “entered into a definitive agreement,” to acquire Cabela’s for $65.50 per share in cash, according to a Bass Pro Shops press release. The companies valued the deal at $5.5 billion, which includes debt….

New fishing reg proposals, review of old ones on table

Eight public meetings slated to discuss proposals St. Paul — It’s that time of the year when the DNR publicly explores potential experimental fishing regulations to tweak things for the better and revisits this year’s cycle of previously implemented changes (typically those that were implemented 10 years ago). Meetings will be held regarding the fishing regulations on 14 lakes and…

Iowa man cited for dredging in Otter Tail County lake

By Javier Serna Assistant Editor Pelican Rapids, Minn. — It’s illegal to remove aquatic plants from lake shoreline in Minnesota without a permit, but every year, a number of lakeshore landowners do it – and find out the consequences later. Such was alleged to be the case recently, when an Iowa man was cited for illegally dredging without a permit…

Boating fatalities on pace to surpass last year’s total

St. Paul — At least 10 people have died from boating-related accidents this year, ahead of last year’s pace, which ended at a 10-year high. There were eight such fatalities as August began last year. “It generally continues a theme,” said Stan Linnell, the Minnesota DNR’s boat and water safety manager. “Capsizing and falling overboard from a small boat are…

Gill net bans on big river to protect sturgeon, paddlefish

Lake City, Minn. — The situation the occurred last summer, when about 50 large lake sturgeon and paddlefish turned up dead on Lake Pepin because of what was believed to be misplaced commercial fishing nets, shouldn’t happen again, officials say. Commercial fishing with gill nets temporarily was shut down then, reopened, and again temporarily and indefinitely closed this year, and…

Pair of fish accepted into new records program [Photos]

Cindy Pawlowski, left, caught this 627⁄8-inch lake sturgeon on the Rainy River on May 8. Pawlowski, of Frazee, caught the fish with her husband, Dave, and son, Zach (pictured). St. Paul — The Minnesota DNR’s new catch-and-release fish record program, which included categories for lake sturgeon, muskies, and flathead catfish, has its first two records. A pair of anglers fishing…