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Landon Godwin shows off a nice largemouth bass he caught and released from Lake Belle Taine. The DNR assesses fish size and population by capturing the various species in nets. Bass, however, tend to avoid the nets and have to be captured using electrofishing. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Dock Talk: DNR uses nets to measure fish abundance

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Anglers commonly reference gill net, trap net and stocking data found in map books and on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website


Although that public information assists naturalists, anglers and curious folks in finding lakes with, for instance, a greater population of walleye, the DNR gathers the current information to monitor the physical and chemical characteristics of a lake.

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