The Walmart FLW Walleye League Minnesota Division will stage its second tournament of the season June 6 on Leech Lake in Walker.
The tournament is expected to draw as many as 200 weekend walleye anglers to the area, with Boater Division competitors vying for a top award of as much as $9,000 and co-anglers $3,500.
Anglers will take off at 7 a.m., with the weigh-in at Walker City Park off Highway 371 beginning at 3:30 p.m. The takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
To enter the June 6 tournament on Leech Lake call (270) 252-1000 or visit FLWOutdoors.com. If the tournament is not yet full, entries also will be accepted during registration, June 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Northern Lights Casino located in Walker. Entry fees are $300 for boaters and $150 for co-anglers.
Aquatic plant removal may require permits
Lakeshore property owners are reminded that many aquatic plant management activities require a permit from the DNR.
Lakeshore property owners can control a modest area of aquatic plants for swimming or boat docking without a permit from the DNR. Cutting, pulling, raking, or harvesting submersed vegetation, like pondweeds, watermilfoil or coontail, in an area for recreation is allowed under the following conditions:
• The cleared area may not exceed 2,500 square feet in size.
• The cleared area may not extend more than 50 feet along your shore, or more than one half your frontage width, whichever is less.
• If the cleared area does not reach open water, a 15-foot-wide channel to open water may be added.
• The cut or pulled vegetation must be removed from the water.
If floating leaf vegetation, like white or yellow water-lilies interfere with boat access a lake shore property owner can mechanically maintain (cutting or pulling) a channel no more than 15 feet wide, extending to open water without a permit, under the following conditions:
• The cleared channel must remain in the same place from year to year.
• The vegetation that is cut or pulled must be removed from the water.
A DNR aquatic plant management permit ($35) is required if your plans include the following:
• Using herbicides or algicides.
• Removing emergent vegetation, like bulrush, cattails or wild rice.
• Installing or operating an automated plant control device (such as the Crary WeedRoller, Beachgroomer or Lake Sweeper).
• Removing floating leaf vegetation, in an area larger than a 15-foot-wide channel (see above).
• Controlling submerged vegetation in an area larger than 2,500 square feet or wider than 50 feet (see above).
• Removing or relocating a bog of any size.
For more information on the Aquatic Plant Management Program, contact the nearest regional fisheries office. Phone numbers are available at www.dnr. state.mn.us/permits/water/ index.html or by calling (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367.
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