Walleye fishing was very good to excellent in some areas of the inner Saginaw Bay.
June 28, 2023
Black Hawk County Conservation (BHCC), Shive-Hattery, Inc., and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. on July 10 at the Lakeview Lodge at Hickory Hills Park located at 3338 Hickory Hills Road, near La Porte City, to discuss ongoing lake restoration efforts at the park, slated for the fall of 2023 through early spring of 2025.
Plenty of nice walleyes continued to be caught this past week on area lakes and the Missouri River. Plenty of fishermen, though, have switched over to pulling crankbaits.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced this week that the water level of Meadow Lake near Greenfield in Adair County will be lowered 3 feet starting the week of June 26.
The goal with the drawdown is to help improve the size of bluegills in the lake. The water will be released slowly over the next two weeks to avoid any downstream impacts. A water level draw-down is a common fisheries management technique used to improve the size of panfish.
Iowa DNR asks public to help with turkey management by participating in production survey this summer
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for help with its annual wild turkey production survey. During the months of July and August wild turkey sightings are recorded to estimate this year’s nesting rates and nest success.
Annual population surveys conducted by the DNR are an important component of managing the wild turkey. Turkey populations can fluctuate annually across all regions of the state, and all participation is appreciated.
Outdoor Insights: Funds for conservation and environmental assets Minnesotans enjoy don’t happen randomly
A recent social media post celebrated Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment. It proclaimed that our state is lucky to have the financing Legacy provides for Minnesota’s natural and cultural resources. The post ended with, “Let’s hope it continues for decades to come.”
An optimist would find it hard to argue with such enthusiasm, but as my transition to grumpy old man accelerates, I find it increasingly necessary to point out to folks – particularly younger people – that none of the environmental and conservation assets we enjoy today happened randomly.
A 2009 study by a pair of graduate students in Michigan may help to explain why everyone in a large swath of Minnesota seems to be complaining about the clouds of mosquitoes right now. Anyone who lives here in the north country, especially those of us who live in the woods, knows that early June is generally the peak of the mosquito season. They’re a fact of life, but I know I’m not the only one who has been surprised the past few years by what seems to be a particularly robust – occasionally shock-and awe-inspiring – mosquito population.
Reader-submitted letters to the editor published in the June 30, 2023 edition of Minnesota Outdoor News.
Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council questions the progress, expenses of Minnesota DNR forest project
The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council met Wednesday, June 21, and, during the course of a lengthy agenda, reviewed accomplishment plans for 2023 projects. The council approved all but one – a DNR forest enhancement project that’s under way.
The project, titled “DNR Forest Enhancement Phase III,” continued to decrease its acre total, while keeping the same amount of financial appropriations. LSOHC chair David Hartwell said he believed the decrease in acres was significant enough to hold onto the appropriations until changes were made and a revised plan was presented to the board.