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DNR Fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Aitkin area fisheries staff has announced the assessment schedule for the 2015 field season. The DNR conducts fisheries surveys and assessments on a regular basis to monitor changes in fish populations, and to determine … Full Story ...
Grand Marais area fisheries announces survey work
Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months. Waters scheduled for surveys or assessments (by week) include: • April … Full Story ...
New fishing regulations aimed at improving fisheries
A batch of new fishing regulations have been enacted in northern Minnesota this year to improve fisheries for the future. In some cases, the new regulations expand harvest opportunities where previous regulations have succeeded in meeting management goals. Each year, … Full Story ...
Low water, ice damage may make boat launches difficult
Boaters eager to hit newly thawed lakes and rivers across Minnesota should know that low water conditions at public water access sites may make boat launching more challenging this spring. Low water levels continue to create access problems at many … Full Story ...
Youth can get 3 free months of Outdoor News
Youth ages 11-17 who successfully complete their firearms safety certification can get a complimentary three-month subscription to Minnesota Outdoor News. The offer ends Sunday, Nov. 30, and firearms safety classes have been filling up. To be eligible for this offer, … Full Story ...
Hawk from Yellow Medicine County tests positive for HPAI virus
A Cooper’s hawk from Yellow Medicine County is the first Minnesota wild bird to test positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus that has infected poultry farms across Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources collected the hawk during … Full Story ...
Resource recycling: It’s important in fishing, too
By Brad Parsons, DNR central region fisheries manager Most anglers I know enjoy a cold beverage after a busy day on the water. And whether that beverage comes in plastic, glass or aluminum, they also know the importance of recycling … Full Story ...
Catch that? Bass fishing opportunities expand this year
Anglers get more bass fishing opportunities this year starting on the traditional Saturday, May 9, walleye and northern pike fishing opener. Read on for answers to questions about the upcoming bass fishing seasons from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. … Full Story ...
Outdoor wood furnaces can be cause of wildfires
The Department of Natural Resources reminds homeowners to take precautions when using outdoor wood boilers this spring. “There have been a number of fires started due to improper disposal of ashes, which cause wildfires when the wind reignites discarded ashes,” … Full Story ...
Beaver season extended in northern counties
The beaver trapping season has been extended through Friday, May 15, in the northern third of the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Trappers who participate in the season extension are required to take the following actions … Full Story ...
Aquatic plant removal may require a permit
With lakes becoming ice-free and waters beginning to warm this spring, some lakeshore property owners may need a permit to remove aquatic plants from their shorelines. “Each year we hear about property owners who get into trouble by removing aquatic … Full Story ...
Near and far, good conditions on tap for fishing opener
Barring storms, favorable conditions should be on tap for anglers when fishing begins for walleye and northern pike Saturday, May 9, with this year’s season following a slightly earlier-than-normal ice out. Walleye and northern pike spawning will have been on-track … Full Story ...
DNR issues ATV riding season primer
Too often, adult and youth riders don’t understand the safety rules and regulations that govern all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Thirteen people died riding ATVs in Minnesota last year with April and October … Full Story ...
Minnesota fishing facts
The DNR compiled these Minnesota fishing facts in preparation for the 2015 fishing opener, which is Saturday, May 9. Anglers and waters There are about 1.5 million licensed anglers in Minnesota. About 500,000 people are expected to fish on opening … Full Story ...
Environmental impact statement not required for Northshore Mining expansion
The Department of Natural Resources has determined that the environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) process for a proposed expansion at the Peter Mitchell Mine near Babbitt in northeastern Minnesota has provided adequate information on potential environmental effects. The DNR’s decision, called ...
Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge
Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by answering “the call of the wildflowers” by participating in a new statewide geocaching adventure that begins today, April 22. Camouflaged containers are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout the state — … Full Story ...
Divers confirm effective treatment of Christmas Lake zebra mussels
Initial searches indicate a three-step treatment of Christmas Lake in Shorewood for zebra mussels has been effective, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The results show the successful treatment of a small, isolated infestation of zebra mussels that … Full Story ...
For pure fishing fun, go after panfish
You won’t find a listing for Minnesota’s most harvested variety of fish in a zoological reference book. It doesn’t have a fancy two-part Latin name. And a 2- or 3-pounder is worthy of admiration. Yet for all that it lacks, … Full Story ...
Minnesotans encouraged to conserve water for Earth Day
Everyone can act locally to protect the planet by taking simple steps to conserve water resources. The 45th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, is a reminder of the many ways to make a difference. “In the land of … Full Story ...
Wild turkey hunters asked to help with avian influenza surveillance
Successful wild turkey hunters in Kandiyohi, Pope, Meeker, Swift and Stearns counties can help determine if highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is present in Minnesota wildlife by allowing a sample to be collected from their turkeys. “HPAI has not yet … Full Story ...
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