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? DNR seeks comments on Brainerd area lake management plans Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strategies for managing Brainerd area lakes have until March 14, to ask questions o...

■ DNR seeks comments on Brainerd area lake management plans

Citizens interested in learning about or commenting on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strategies for managing Brainerd area lakes have until March 14, to ask questions or submit comments.

“Management plans describe the past, present and desired future conditions of the waters,” said Marc Bacigalupi, Brainerd area fisheries manager. “The plans identify specific management activities planned for that lake or stream in the next five to 20 years.”

Every year DNR fisheries staff prepares or revises individual lake and stream management plans for several waters in each management area. All lakes are located in Crow Wing County except Big Bass which is located in Cass County.

In the Brainerd area, plans for the following lakes and streams will reviewed: Big Bass, Greer, Emily, Mary, O’Brien, Strawberry, Huntington, Mallen Mine, Snoshoe Mine.

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People can review current plans for lakes and streams in the area as well as recent fish population assessment information at the DNR’s Brainerd area fisheries office, 1601 Minnesota Dr., in Brainerd. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individuals also may call 218-828-2550, or e-mail sue.loss@state.mn.us < mailto:sue.loss@state.mn.us> to request a copy of a plan or submit comments on a plan.

Public comments on management plans will be taken through March 14. Comments may be submitted via mail or e-mail.

Suggestions for management of any of the other lakes and streams in the Brainerd area are welcome at any time and will be considered when those plans are due for review.

■ Sixth Annual MN Fishing Challenge set for Gull Lake May 31

MN Fishing Challenge Host Al Lindner knows how important it is to catch fish during a tournament. He also knows that those who enter and participate in the sixth annual MN Fishing Challenge want to land trophies, but are participating because they are saving lives. The date is Saturday, May 31, 2014.

“This is a fun event because contestants are having fun, catching fish on Gull Lake at the best time of the season, and raising funds for people who are facing the biggest struggles of their lives with alcohol and drug addictions,” Lindner said. “That’s why I strongly believe that fishermen will make a difference by raising a few dollars for MN Adult and Teen Challenge. The cause is so good, because Teen Challenge positively impacts boys, girls, women, men and their families.”

The MN Fishing Challenge is presented by Mills Fleet Farm, and offers many opportunities for anglers to succeed. Teams may enter one or as many divisions as they wish, all with the $100 team entry fee. The divisions are Lindner Media bass, Navillus walleyes, Nor-Son pike, Nor-Son panfish, and Sportech mixed-bag. Bag limits are low (three each bass, walleye and panfish and one pike) so all teams are in contention.

The top 10 teams in each division win U.S. and Canada resort stays, rods, reels, tackle, trolling motors, ice shelters, guided fishing trips and much more. Flatline Outdoors will award five Mathews bows by draw to students in middle or high school.

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Details are posted at mntc.org/fishingchallenge, along with rules, photos and videos. Enter online or download an entry blank from the website. The public may support teams on the website, also. Mre information may be obtained by calling 833-8777.

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