Nate Steinbauer caught six bass weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces on Aug. 5 to win the Baxter Bass Snatchers fourth tournament of the year. He was followed by Bill Bailey, who caught four fish weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces and Dave Branum, who was third with 14 pounds, 6 ounces. Branum won "lunker" honors with a bass weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces.
A total of 110 fish were caught and released by 29 participants. The average weight of the bass was 2 pounds, 3 ounces.
After four tournaments Steinbauer has a five-point lead over Dixon Esary in the 36-member club point race. Next in order of points are Dennis Lothspeich, Paul Ruff, Brandon Cizek and Chuck Steinbauer.
The next tournament for the 36-member club is on Mantrap Lake near Walker.
The North American Bear Foundation, a Brainerd-based non-profit organization , recently donated $875 to the DNR to fix and improve traps used to catch nuisance bears. Brainerd resident Mike Rademacher repaired and improved five traps during the spring and summer.Brian Bachman, president of the NABF, and Gary Drotts, the DNR area wildlife manager who handles nuisance bear complaints, stood by a trap.
Two new areas opened to archery management permits
Two new areas have been added to the list of places where Minnesota archery deer hunters can take a second deer by permit.
The areas are 246 and 247, lying roughly from Brainerd on the south to Menagha on the north and Wadena on the west to Emily on the east. In addition to the deer allowed by their regular license, archers can take a doe with a deer management permit for $13.50.
"We feel this is a fairly unobtrusive way to reduce the herd in the lakes area," said DNR Area Wildlife Manager Gary Drotts. For more information call 828-2314.
DNR to maintain crucial programs, services in event of strike by state workers
'The DNR says important agency functions will be minimally affected by a strike of state workers.
One of the DNR's highest priorities will be response to wildfires. The agency normally hires from 500 to 800 "smoke chasers" during the fire season. They are experienced seasonal non-union workers who can be called up as needed. Minnesota can also look to the National Wildfire Resource Mobilization System, as well as the Minnesota National Guard and State Patrol for back-up. Much of Minnesota's fire suppression equipment and support is provided by outside vendors.
Fall fish stocking will proceed. Millions of walleye, muskie and catfish fingerlings are transported from rearing ponds to lakes in the fall. That work will be staffed by supervisors, reassigned non-striking employees and temporary hires, said Fisheries Division Director Ron Payer.
Minnesota state parks, trails and public lake accesses would remain open, but users should expect fewer amenities.
The fall hunting seasons and lotteries should continue as planned. Routine license sales are handled by an outside vendor and should not be interrupted.
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