Muskie stocking: Minnesota DNR soliciting public input

Fishing clubs and organizations have stepped in to assist DNR where they can. Many of the state’s muskie clubs have provided manpower, materials, equipment and, of course, money for needed projects.

As the DNR works to provide more opportunities for muskie anglers in Minnesota, it’s proposing to begin stocking in several new waters, including Gull Lake.

Before it stocks the lakes, though, it’s taking public comment. Following is information from a DNR press release that provides details about the upcoming meetings and input opportunities.

From the release:

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.

Meetings to collect public input will be:

Big Marine: 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, at the Scandia Community and Senior Center, 14727 209th St. N. in Scandia.

Fairmont chain: 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Martin County Library, 110 North Park in Fairmont.

Franklin and Lizzie chain, and Loon chain: 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Lake Region Electric Cooperative, 1401 S. Broadway, in Pelican Rapids.

Gull chain: 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St., in Brainerd.

A Twin Cities area meeting to discuss all proposed lakes will be from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Oak Room at the Bunker Hills Activity Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, in Andover.

People can choose to comment on each lake online here (www.mndnr.gov/muskie). 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, metroeast.fisheries@state.mn.us

Fairmont chain: DNR Windom area fisheries, 175 County Rd 26, Windom, MN 56101, windom.fisheries@state.mn.us

Franklin and Lizzie chain, and Loon chain: DNR Fergus Falls area fisheries, 1509 1st Ave. North, Fergus Falls, MN 56537, fergusfalls.fisheries@state.mn.us

Gull chain: DNR Brainerd area fisheries, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401, brainerd.fisheries@state.mn.us.

 

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The DNR is considering stocking muskies in new lakes across the state. Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR

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