Public input sought on fishing regulations at Itasca State Park

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting to review a variety of special fishing regulations on Lakes Itasca, Oziwindib and Mary in Itasca State Park in Clearwater and Hubbard counties.

Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Jacob Brower Visitor Center for lakes Itasca and Oziwindib and at the Douglas Lodge for Mary Lake. Two locations are necessary in order to hold a meeting within the county where each lake is located. Comments for any lake will be accepted at either location.

Bemidji Area Fisheries staff will provide information and ask for public comments on whether to continue, modify or drop existing special regulations on each of these three lakes.

Existing special regulations being reviewed are as follows:

Lake Itasca, Clearwater County:

• Crappie: possession limit five.

• Sunfish: possession limit 10.

Lake Oziwindib, Clearwater County:

• Bass: 12- to 20-inches immediate release, one over 20 inches allowed in possession.

• Crappie: minimum size limit 10 inches.

Mary Lake, Hubbard County:

• Bass: catch-and-release only.

• Crappie: possession limit five.

• Sunfish: possession limit five

Those unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments to Gary Barnard, DNR Area Fisheries, 2114 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601 or by email to gary.barnard30 p.m. on Oct. 9.

Public comments will also be accepted during an open house 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.