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June 13, 2003

St. Paul In compliance with a new U.S. Coast Guard regulation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will now require all children under age 13 to wear a personal floatation device (PFD) approved by the Coast Guard, while in an operating v

The rule applies to all federal waters, including the Mississippi River and Corps’ reservoirs. Corps’ reservoirs in the St. Paul District include Cross, Gull, Lac qui Parle, Leech, Orwell, Pokegama, Sandy, Traverse and Winnibigoshish lakes in Minnesota. For more information regarding this new Coast Guard ruling, see:, or call (651) 290-5108.

Crystal, Minn. Crystal-Pierz Marine, with 11 dealerships in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, will host a “cleanup day” of several lakes on June 21. Prizes will be awarded for largest piece of trash, most unique piece of trash, and most trash collec

Lake locations include Lake Minnetonka, Gull Lake, and Pelican Lake in Minnesota, and Red Cedar Lake near the city of Rice Lake, in Wisconsin. For more information, visit Crystal-Pierz online at:, or call (763) 533-1655.

St. Paul The application deadline for the 2003 Minnesota moose hunt is Friday, June 13. Applications may be made from any of the 1,800 statewide electronic license vendors and from the DNR License Center at 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

This year, a total of 224 permits are available in 30 zones in the northeastern part of the state for the “once-in-a-lifetime” hunt. The season dates are Sept. 27 through Oct. 12. Moose hunters must apply in parties from two to four individuals, and an application fee of $3 per individual must be included with

Dealing with suspended open-water walleyes

Most of the time, if you keep your bait near the bottom, you will have it riding in the walleye strike zone. But there are times when walleye suspend off the bottom. Sometimes they’re searching for a water temperature they prefer. Other times they may suspend because there is not sufficient oxygen in the depths.

Walleye harvest low on Mille Lacs during May

Editor Aitkin, Minn. Mille Lacs walleye anglers harvested 15,000 pounds of fish in May 2003, down significantly from a year ago, when anglers harvested 43,000 pounds for the same time period. Combined with 10,000 pounds of hooking mortality, total walleye kill for May was 25,000 pounds compared to 87,000 pounds of kill in May 2002,

More CREP? BWSR sees potential for entire state

Associate Editor St. Paul Officials from Minnesota’s Board of Water and Soil Resources hope to expand on the success of the state’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program by adding another 100,000 acres to the inventory. Kevin Lines, conservation easement section manager for BWSR, said the agency this week would pitch a proposal to Gov. Tim Pawlenty


ALEXANDRIA AREA Not much has changed here. Lake Mary and Reno Lake continue to produce numbers of walleyes in 12 to 15 feet of water. The bigger lakes in this area such as Le Homme Dieu, Miltona, and Ida are giving up a few fish in deeper water, but it hasn’t been nearly as consistent.

Some MWA chapters plan private meeting

Editor Plymouth, Minn. Multiple chapters of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association will convene a private meeting of delegates and chapter presidents this Saturday in St. Cloud to discuss the future of the nonprofit conservation group. Jim Knudson, one of several chapter leaders calling for the meeting, said its intent is to determine potential candidates who can

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