Tuesday, March 21st, 2023
Tuesday, March 21st, 2023

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April 27, 2001

Brainerd, Minn. The Minnesota DNR has determined many people are illegally stocking fish into fishing lakes and ponds without a permit.

Tim Brastrup, DNR area fisheries supervisor in Brainerd, said these people could be doing irreparable harm to water bodies. The fish species stocked may be incompatible with the fish community of the receiving water, he said. Worse yet, very small or the young of harmful exotic species could be introduced into the receiving water, creating

Namekagon River: From Hayward to the St. Croix, the Namekagon is a great float-fishing river, unspoiled and canoeable from start to finish. Gravel riffles, boulders and deep holes hold smallies, along with walleyes, muskies, catfish and the occasional st

Chippewa River: From Glidden down to the Holcombe Flowage, the Chip is canoe water, with lots of logs, rocks and cut banks that hold bass, walleyes and muskies. Below Holcombe, it is big enough for motorboats all the way to the Mississippi. In its upper reaches, the Chip flows for miles through the Chequamegon National

By Dan Small

Contributing Editor If it weren’t for the muskie, a good case could be made for the smallmouth bass as the state fish. Smallies are native to more waters than muskies. Pound-for-pound, they fight as hard. And, unlike the toothy king of the Esox clan, smallmouths will hit just about anything just about any time, which

Opening day tactics for northern pike

Northern pike are often overlooked on opening weekend, as walleyes in Minnesota anyway are the coveted prize. But the hair-raising jolt of the strike and the strenuous battle that often ensues leave little doubt that the mighty northern pike is an exciting adversary. Opening weekend is probably one of the best times of the year

Citizens’ group seeks DNR budget oversight

Field Editor St. Paul A citizens’ group that reviews DNR expenditures of monies derived from hunting and fishing license and stamp sales is seeking legislation to restructure its committees and have DNR budget oversight. The Game and Fish Fund Oversight Committee, created by the State Legislature several years ago in response to concerns that hunters

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