Public input on proposed changes to special fishing regulations will be accepted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at three public meetings in the Bemidji fisheries management area.

These meetings will also provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about why the DNR is proposing the changes.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24: Elk Lake, Clearwater County, 6:30 p.m. at the Itasca State Park visitor center. The DNR proposes dropping the existing 40-inch minimum size limit on northern pike, and the catch-and-release only regulation for muskellunge. Northern pike regulations would revert to the north-central zone regulation, and muskellunge regulations would revert to the statewide 54-inch minimum size limit.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 25: Big Lake, Beltrami County, 6:30 p.m. at the Ten Lake Town Hall, 2142 Mission Road NE, Cass Lake. The DNR proposes dropping the existing 24- to 36-inch protected slot limit for northern pike. Northern pike regulations would revert to the north-central zone regulation.

  • Thursday, Sept. 26: Upper Red Lake, Beltrami County, 6:30 p.m. at the North Beltrami Community Center, Gould Ave. SE and Main St., Kelliher. The DNR proposes modifying the existing 26- to 44-inch protected slot limit to a 30- to 40-inch protected slot limit for northern pike. The proposed regulation would include a three fish bag limit with only one allowed over 40 inches.

For those unable to attend a public meeting, comments on the proposals can be submitted to the Bemidji area fisheries office, 2114 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji MN 56601 or by email gary.barnard@state.mn.us through Oct. 7.