Minnesota DNR Reports

‘No registration weekend’ for ATVs postponed until Sept. 7-9

Minnesota’s “no registration weekend” for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which was scheduled for June 8-10, has been postponed until Sept. 7-9, according to the Minnesota DNR. The change will allow for the completion of new trails, including a 159-mile route that will connect several communities in northwestern Itasca County and a trail that will connect Balsam and Bigfork, the DNR said…

Whopper silver redhorse is a record

(Minnesota DNR)Avid angler Dustin Stone caught a new state-record silver redhorse in the certified weight category of the Minnesota DNR’s record fish program. Stone caught the 10-pound, 6-ounce silver redhorse while fishing for lake sturgeon on the Rainy River in Koochiching County on April 28. He was fishing with 80-pound braided line tipped with a night crawler. “We had been…

Angler breaks state record for golden redhorse

(Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR)Angler Ethan Rasset has set the state record for golden redhorse in the Minnesota DNR’s certified weight category. Rasset caught the 4-pound, 8-ounce redhorse on the Otter Tail River after setting out April 7 with fishing buddies to lure some roughfish like carp into biting. His rod was rigged with a green artificial twister-tail bait with…

Citizen-scientist project to help log Minnesota bear expansion

Minnesota’s black bear range has slowly been expanding southward and westward. To better understand and document this expansion, the Minnesota DNR announced in a news release Thursday, May 4 that it has designed a new reporting application on its website to gather bear sightings made by the public outside the primary bear range. The DNR bear sightings tool runs on Android,…

Why the zones? DNR explains new pike regs

The new northern pike fishing regulations, which were announced recently and go into effect on the May 12 fishing opener, have three distinct zones. Each of the zones – north-central, northeast and south – provide protection for different sizes of pike, and there are reasons for those differences, the DNR said in a news release Monday, April 23 as it…

DNR: Fish winterkill being reported in lakes near Brainerd, Hinckley, Twin Cities

(Minnesota DNR file photo)Cold winters with abundant snowfall can lead to fish die-offs and the Minnesota DNR has already taken reports of this process, known as winterkill, occurring in lakes near Brainerd, Hinckley and the Twin Cities area. “While seeing lots of dead fish can be disconcerting, we remind people that winterkill is normal and happens every year to some…