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May 19, 2024

Northern Minnesota’s ‘Pit lakes’ offer a special variety of fishing

For generations, companies extracted iron ore from northern Minnesota pits, sending it out to build a nation. When mining had largely ended in the latter half of the 20th century, the land looked radically different, with new hills piled up and pits carved hundreds of feet into the earth.
“It fell to different government agencies to take claim to that land and decide what to do with it. So (the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board) was the primary agency that looked at the potential of these lands and found a way they could be incorporated into recreational programs,” said Dave Weitzel, Northeast Region assistant regional fisheries manager for the Minnesota DNR.

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Discarded fishing line often proves fatal for birds

Pennsylvania Game Warden Mike Yeck gets about a dozen calls a year regarding waterfowl with fishing line entangling their feet.
Sometimes it’s multiple calls about the same bird.
“It’s usually geese more than ducks, probably because there are more of them where I patrol,” said Yeck, whose territory in Beaver County includes the Ohio and Beaver rivers and a few lakes stocked with trout in county parks.

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Important steps are required to land in Illinois’ fishing record book

Once in a blue moon, the fish at the end of the line of a long-fought battle is a personal best – and just may be a contender for a state record. Remarkably, from 2021 to 2022, 10 Illinois state records were broken, and already in 2024 one record-breaking fish has been certified.
Nerissa McClelland, a DNR fisheries biologist who also coordinates the Record Fish Program, explained that one reason for the increase in record-breaking fish is that “As a community, each and every day fish managers and scientists understand more about aquatic ecosystems and managing fish communities.”

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Gretchen Steele: Bowfishing a great outdoor sport, and a conservation tool

Few outdoor sports activities evoke the raw thrill of bowfishing. It’s an unique blend of archery prowess and angler finesse, where enthusiasts aim not for trophies mounted on walls but for conservation and ecological balance. While some may perceive bowfishing as solely recreational, its potential as a conservation tool is often underestimated. When executed responsibly, bowfishing can be vital in preserving aquatic ecosystems.

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