The annual Brainerd Elks Fishing Fling is scheduled for 5 p.m. on April 24. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased beginning April 1 from Elk members or at the club. Attendance is limited to 275. All proceeds go to area youth projects.
This year's guest speaker is Perry Good, a professional walleye angler from Eagan. He is one of two anglers to qualify for all 12 PWT Championships, has 35 top 10 finishes, won the Wave Wacker last year and was runner-up in the PWT's Top Gun competition.
First prize in this year's drawing is three nights lodging for four people at Lake of the Woods. Phone the Brainerd Elks for more information.
Loon portrayal wins license plate design contest
Minnesota's new conservation license plate will feature a loon against the backdrop of a lakeshore, the DNR announced Tuesday.
The plate was designed by Wendy Amundson, Red Wing, who also designed Minnesota's first conservation plate depicting two green deer in silhouette on a tan background. Her loon design was chosen from among 119 submissions and six finalists. Amundson won $500.
In addition to the usual vehicle license fees, the conservation plate costs $10 plus a $30 minimum annual fee. The money goes into the Reinvest in Minnesota critical habitat matching fund account. The original plate has sold more than 30,000 and raised $4 million for the fund since 1996. The DNR has used the money to buy more than 2,000 acres of land for wildlife management, scientific and natural areas in 16 locations around the state.
Brainerd Lakes Bassmasters to meet
Brainerd Lakes Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 at WJJY on College Road in Baxter. New members are welcome. Phone Arnie Farber at 828-1264 or Kim Hauglie at 839-5804 for more information.
Brainerd Walleye Alliance to host banquet April 18
With open water fast approaching the Brainerd Chapter of the Minnesota Walleye Alliance is preparing to host its first membership banquet, scheduled for Thursday, April 18 at Nisswa American Legion. Schooling up starts at 6 p.m. with a feeding frenzy at 7:30 p.m. Drawings, raffles and auctions begin immediately after dinner.
The banquet is limited to 150 persons. Early bird registrants can enter special raffles and purchase general raffle tickets at a discount. All monies raised stay in Minnesota and most in the Brainerd area.
The purpose of the Alliance is to unite Minnesota walleye anglers, work with the DNR and other groups on walleye stocking, promote catch-and-release and selective harvest policies, encourage special regulations that improve Minnesota's walleye fishing, educate members in the latest, most advanced and productive angling presentations, promote sportsmanship, fellowship and progressive ethics and, finally, to promote walleye research that will enhance angling opportunities.
Current goals of the Brainerd Chapter are to design and install signs at Brainerd area lakes where selective harvest and catch-and-release will help improve the walleye fishing. The Alliance has given money to the DNR for a walleye rearing pond lease and currently are working with the DNR on reclaiming a rearing pond. It continues to look for other projects that promote quality walleye fishing.
Crow Wing State Park featured in Audubon program
Paul Roth, Crow Wing State Park manager, will present "All about Crow Wing State Park" at 7 p.m. on March 27 at the Brainerd Public Library.
Roth will talk about the recreational, historical and ecological qualities of the park. The program is sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes Audubon Society and is free to the public. Phone (218) 829-8770 for more information.
Lake trout recovery allows DNR to suspend stocking in Lake Superior zone
Lake trout stocking in Lake Superior from the Cascade River to the Canadian boarder is no longer necessary due to the recovery in wild lake trout numbers, the DNR said.
Trout in Minnesota's remaining portion of Lake Superior also are showing significant recovery but will continue to be stocked for the foreseeable future. Minnesota is responsible for management of three Lake Superior zones, with Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario responsible for the others.
Sea lamprey control, limits on sport and commercial harvest, stocking programs and water quality protection and enhancement all have contributed to the restoration of lake trout in Lake Superior, said Ron Payer, DNR fisheries chief.
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