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Arlene Hukki of Nevis caught this big northern pike in the Park Rapids Area Community Fish House this winter. Beginning with the fishing opener, pike on 5th & 6th Crow Wing lakes will have a 24-36" release regulation, opposed to the previous 40" and under immediate release requirement. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Crow Wing pike regulation loosened

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Eight years ago, the Department of Natural Resources implemented an experimental regulation for northern pike on 5th and 6th Crow Wing, 8th, 9th and 10th Crow Wing, Blueberry and Mantrap Lakes.

The Blueberry and Mantrap regulation requires the immediate release of all northern pike between 24" and 36" with one northern pike allowed over 36".

On the Crow Wings, all northern pike 40" and under must be immediately released.

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