Those who fish for walleye on Lake Winnibigoshish and connected waters will have a chance to discuss existing experimental fishing regulation with DNR staff at two open-house style public meetings.
The first will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Bug-O-Nay-Gee-Shig School, on U.S. Highway 2 between Cass Lake and Bena. The second will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center Training Room, 402 SE 11th St., Grand Rapids.
Both meetings will begin with a short presentation followed by an opportunity to ask questions and make comments on the proposal to extend the existing protected slot regulation for one more year. The regulation requires that all walleye from 17-26 inches be immediately released. Anglers are allowed to possess one walleye longer than 26 inches.
The extension is necessary to complete a more thorough analysis of the effects of the regulation and to recommend potential changes for future years.
Those unable to attend either meeting may submit comments directly to the DNR Area Fisheries Office at 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN, 55744 or by e-mail to chris.kavanaugh@ state.mn.us. Written comments will be accepted until Oct. 31.
Minn. Darkhouse and Angling Association banquet set Saturday
The Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association-Brainerd Lakes Chapter's seventh annual membership drive and fundraiser is scheduled Saturday at Jack's House Bowling, 300 Highway 25 South, Brainerd.
Social hour is at 4 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. A live auction, raffles and games are scheduled.
Cost is $45 for an MDAA member and guest, $30 for a single, $35 for a lifetime member and guest and $20 for a junior (16 and younger). Space is limited to 150.
For more, call Pete Smude at (218) 746-3511.
2 lakes to be designated as 'infested waters'
With the discovery of the faucet snail on Upper and Lower Twin lakes in Hubbard and Wadena counties, the DNR is in the process of designating the lakes as "infested waters."
The snail has been linked to waterfowl deaths at Lake Winnibigoshish and the Upper Mississippi pool system in southeastern Minnesota.
New regulations will take effect at the lake to help stop the movement of the faucet snail to other waters. Once designated as "infested waters," state law prohibits the transport of water from Upper and Lower Twin without a permit. It also prohibits anglers or commercial bait harvesters from harvesting bait from these waters.
Before leaving a water access at Upper and Lower Twin lakes and traveling on a public road, boaters and anglers also must remove all aquatic plants from boats, trailers and equipment and drain all water from bilges, livewells and bait containers.
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