The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on whether to keep fewer bluegills from some Minnesota lakes as a way to protect and improve the sizes of one of the state's most prized and frequently caught fish.

According to the DNR, anglers have been telling the state they are satisfied with sunfish (i.e. bluegill) numbers. But an increasing number of anglers – including guides, resort owners and fishing celebrities – are concerned about sunfish size quality.

The DNR will hold an open house meeting to collect public comments on proposed sunfish regulation changes for Second, Third and Fourth Crow Wing lakes from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Park Rapids DNR Fisheries Office.

At this time, the proposed regulation will be a daily limit of five and possession limit of 20.

Due to COVID-19, phone, email or online comments are preferred. Comments can be submitted by calling the Park Rapids DNR Fisheries Office at 732-4153, emailing calub.shavlik@state.mn.us or filling the online survey at www.dnr.state.mn.us/fish/sunfish/index.html.

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Meeting capacity will be limited to no more than 10 total indoors at any point in time, per Minnesota Department of Health social-gathering guidelines. If you are planning to attend in person, call 218-732-4153 to sign up for 30-minute block of time.