Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Q: What is happening with the walleye season this summer on Mille Lacs Lake? A: The closure that began July 8 and was set to end July 28 is being extended by two weeks. That means walleye fishing will reopen at 6:01 a.m. on Aug. 11 for catch-and-release only through Labor Day. A night fishing closure also will remain in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Nov. 30. Q: How does this affect fishing for other species?
A portion of the Paul Bunyan State Trail, located 2.5 miles south of the town of Guthrie in Hubbard County, will close Monday, June 26, to allow a private contractor to replace an 8-foot diameter culvert under the trail. The trail segment is expected to reopen by early to mid-October. “At this location, the culvert replacement does not allow for a safe alternate trail route,” said Dave Schotzko, Parks and Trails area supervisor in Bemidji. ”Trail users are advised to plan accordingly.”
Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears. “Leaving food out in yards that can be eaten by bears can lead to property damage and presents dangers to bears,” said Eric Nelson, wildlife animal damage program supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Pet food, livestock feed, birdseed, compost or garbage can attract bears.”
Catch-and-release only regulations needed to rebuild Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population will again be in effect when anglers hit the water on Saturday, May 13. The 2017 walleye season on Mille Lacs is scheduled to run through Monday, Sept. 4.
The bald eagles featured on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' EagleCam have their first chick of 2017. The egg hatched today Thursday, March 9, and the second egg has a pip (scientific term for the hole the chick makes with its egg tooth on the end of its beak) that is getting larger. There might be three chicks by the weekend! Biologists were concerned that the first egg might not hatch, as it was left in the cold for quite some time immediately after hatching. The pair has proven they have this incubation thing under control.
A waterfall that famously “disappears” into a hole at Judge C.R. Magney State Park near Grand Marais actually soon re-enters the river from underground, according to new research. In fall 2016, hydrologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found nearly identical volumes of water flowing both above the Devil’s Kettle waterfall and below it. Above the waterfall, stream gauges measured the flow of the Brule River at 123 cubic feet per second. Below the waterfall, gauges detected 121 feet per second.
The recent discovery of a non-native aquatic plant in Minnesota is a reminder that people should always dispose of aquarium or water garden plants or animals appropriately – not by releasing them into the environment.
A special chronic wasting disease 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota concluded Jan. 15 with one additional case of the disease found among hundreds tested. Now, landowner shooting permits take effect in an attempt to further lower the deer population in the area and stop the disease from spreading.
It’s official – a Minnesota resident holds the state record for a fish species with a much maligned appearance and many names including freshwater ling, lawyer, eelpout and burbot. Brent Getzler of Roosevelt is the new record holder of a 19-pound, 10-ounce burbot taken from the Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods.
Test results show two deer harvested by hunters in southeastern Minnesota were infected with Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the Department of Natural Resources. One deer has been confirmed as...