Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Saturday, January 28th, 2023

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Public invited to comment on Minnesota experimental fishing regulations

Reviews of existing or newly proposed experimental fishing
regulations on Minnesota waters will be the subject of 11 open
house public meetings being conducted across the state in the
coming weeks by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
(DNR).

The meetings will focus on special regulations for sunfish,
crappie, largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye and trout in 20
lakes and connecting waters, as well as one stream. Notable among
the meetings are reviews of walleye regulations on Lake Vermilion
and the Kabetogama/Namakan Reservoir.

The goal of experimental regulations on individual waters is to
produce a quality fish population that can sustain increasing
angling pressure and improved angler efficiency. During the past 25
years, fisheries managers have monitored a variety of regulations
across Minnesota.

“Much has been learned from our efforts to improve fish populations
with length and bag limits,” said Al Stevens, DNR fisheries program
consultant. “If experimental regulations are successful, then
regulations can be replicated on similar waters where fisheries
managers and anglers agree they would help improve or maintain
quality fishing.”

Experimental regulations are in effect for a specific period of
time, typically 10 years. Before the regulation ends, fish managers
must evaluate the regulation and then gather input from public
meetings to help determine whether to extend, modify or drop the
existing experimental regulations.

“Fisheries managers welcome the opportunity to hear opinions from
anglers,” Stevens said. “Public participation is critical in
determining whether proposed and existing regulations are meeting
angler expectations.”

Waters that will be evaluated this year were posted at public
access points this spring. Public notices for each meeting will be
published in local newspapers. For more information about a
specific meeting, contact your local DNR fisheries offices. An
online directory of offices and contact information is available at
mndnr.gov/areas/fisheries and are referenced on page 78 of the 2011
Fishing Regulations handbook. Offices are mapped online at
mndnr.gov/contact/locator.html.

Written or verbal comments also will be accepted at local fisheries
offices up to 10 days following a local meeting.

For those unable to attend a local meeting, there will be an open
house at DNR headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul, on
Thursday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Staff will be
available to take comments on any proposal. Comments also will be
accepted via email to al.stevens@state.mn.us or by telephone at
651-259-5239.

The other open houses are scheduled for:

· Anoka County

Cenaiko Lake (review new proposal for trout) at 7 p.m., Thursday,
Oct. 20, in the Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center, 9750 Egret Blvd.,
in Coon Rapids.

· Cass County

Hovde Lake (review existing regulation on bass) from 5-7 p.m.,
Tuesday,

Sept. 27, at the Walker Area Community Center Library Room, 105
Tower Ave., in Walker.

· Hubbard County

Big Sand (review existing regulation on walleye) from 7-9 p.m.,
Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Northwoods Bank Community Meeting Room,
1200 E 1 St, in Park Rapids.

Lester Lake (review existing regulation on all species) from 7-9
p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Laporte public school commons
area, 315 Main St. West, in Laporte.

· Itasca County

Dixon, Sand and connected waters (near Max), Cut Foot Sioux and
Little Cutfoot, Splithand, Little Splithand, Blackwater, Jay Gould
and Little Jay Gould, (review new proposals for panfish) from 6-8
p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Training Room at the Interagency
Fire center, 402 11th St. SE, in Grand Rapids.

A second meeting concerning the same regulations will be from 6-8
p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Sand Lake Community Center, which
is located on County Road 4 about four miles west of Spring
Lake.

· Kandiyohi County

Long Lake (review existing regulation on largemouth bass) from
7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept 28, at New London City Hall, 20 1st
Ave SW, in New London.

· St. Louis County

Vermilion (review existing regulation on walleye) at 7 p.m.,
Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Tower Area DNR Office, 650 Highway 169,
in Tower.

Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, Crane and Little Vermilion (review
existing regulation on walleye) at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in
the Kabetogama Community Center in Kabetogama.

· Wilkin County

Lawndale Creek (review new proposal for trout) from 7-9 p.m.,
Thursday,

Sept. 28, at Barnesville City Hall, 102 Front St., in
Barnesville.

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