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Park Rapids area fish house count hits average in 2021

Park Rapids Area DNR Fisheries staff conducted their annual aerial fish house count on Jan. 12.

Rustic ice fishing shacks out on the ice.
Rustic ice fishing shacks out on the ice.
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According to Acting Area Fisheries Supervisor Calub Shavlik, “We flew over 73 lakes, and the total number of fish houses for 2021 was 686. This count was similar to counts completed in 2018 and 2019, when we had good early ice making conditions. However, we have not had good, consistent ice-making conditions for the past several weeks. Thirty-four lakes had at least five fish houses, and a majority of lakes had fish house counts at or above their normal number of fish houses.”

“Several lakes had higher fish house counts than expected,” Shavlik said. These were Blueberry Lake, Hinds Lake, Lake George, and Stocking Lake in Wadena County.

Lakes that had a lower fish house count than expected were Kabekona, 11th Crow Wing, Portage, and Long Lake.


“All these lakes have been historically popular lakes, so it is not surprising to have some fluctuations in fish house counts,” he said.

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