Minnesota DNR

Observation of walleye egg take operations closed to public [video]

Biologists with the Minnesota DNR will collect walleye eggs this spring; however, social distancing requirements mean this popular springtime activity will not be open for public viewing this year. Hatcheries, the destination for the eggs collected, also remain closed to the public. “Egg take operations are neat things to watch,” said Henry Drewes, northwest region fisheries supervisor. “But the closeness…

Former DNR biologist Cornicelli joins outdoors marketing research firm

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Longtime Minnesota DNR wildlife biologist Lou Cornicelli has joined Southwick Associates as a senior analyst. Cornicelli left the DNR in August 2020 after serving nine years as the agency’s wildlife research program manager and another nine years as its big game program consultant. Southwick Associates is a marketing research and economics firm, specializing in the hunting, shooting,…

Trout stocking via helicopter means more fish for anglers

Anglers will have the opportunity to catch trout on remote lakes in northeastern Minnesota following helicopter-based fish stocking efforts this fall. The Minnesota DNR typically uses trucks to stock fish, but traditional methods can’t be used in some of the state’s difficult-to-reach lakes. In those waters, airplanes have been used for years to provide aerial stocking. But recently, pilots in…