ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites resident wildlife artists to submit their work from Monday, Aug. 19, through 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2020 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. The snow goose is the only eligible species for this contest. The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting costs $7.50. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp by mail. It also is sold as a collectible. Stamp sales revenue is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking anglers to help establish a new management plan for the lake. The DNR plan only impacts the state portion of the fishery. Tribes that have fishing rights on Mille Lacs manage their own portion of the fishery. The DNR is particularly interested in establishing regulations that reflect angler values while still protecting the fishery from over harvest. Mille Lacs Lake currently hosts several special regulations, including:
ST. PAUL — Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are a great place to quietly celebrate the July 4 th holiday. “Not everyone enjoys the light and sound associated with fireworks, particularly some of our military service members,” said Erika Rivers, state parks and trails director with the Department of Natural Resources. “Minnesota state parks and recreation areas offer a firework-free environment for those who want to celebrate Independence Day in peace and quiet.”
ST. PAUL — Minnesota artists can submit their work July 15-26, to be considered for use on the state's 2020 walleye stamp and the trout and salmon stamp. Trout or salmon must be the primary focus of the design for the trout and stamp, and walleye must be the primary focus of the walleye stamp. Other fish species may be included in the designs if they are used to depict common interaction between species. A brook trout was featured on the 2019 trout and salmon stamp, and that species is not eligible for this year's contest.
RICE, Minn. — The Minnesota DNR held an informational meeting on Wednesday, June 26, to discuss the drawdown of the Sartell Pool on the Mississippi River. The pool is north of St. Cloud and is connected to Little Rock Lake, a 1,300-acre reservoir that was impounded by the construction of the Sartell Dam in 1907. “Water quality in the lake is poor,” said Eric Altena, Minnesota DNR area fisheries supervisor in Little Falls. “Water clarity is almost nonexistent and there is no emergent vegetation. That makes poor habitat for fish, migratory birds and other wildlife.”
The DNR is asking Lake Vermilion muskie anglers to collect scales from the fish they catch.
ST. PAUL — Funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund will enable researchers from the University of Minnesota, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Virginia Tech University to improve moose survival by mapping the spread of brainworm in northern Minnesota. Five years of data (collected from 2013–2018) revealed that brainworm is responsible for 25-33 percent of moose mortality in the declining Minnesota population.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed the capture of a bighead carp and two silver carp within the past several weeks. The bighead carp was captured at the Xcel Energy King Power Plant on the St. Croix River in Oak Park Heights. The silver carp were in Pool 4 of the Mississippi River between Red Wing and Wabasha in southeastern Minnesota.
ALBERT LEA, Minn. — At the celebratory dinner for the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener, Gov. Tim Walz announced that next year’s event will be held May 7-10 in Otter Tail County. Thumper Pond Resort near Otter Tail Lake will serve as event headquarters. "Otter Tail County offers terrific fishing," Gov. Walz said. "I'm excited to kick off the summer fishing season in central Minnesota and I can't wait to get out on the lake."
MILLE LACS LAKE, Minn. -- “There’s one,” Christian Hoffman said as he set the hook, “and it feels like a good-sized fish.” The evidence seemed to support his claim. The ultralight rod Hoffman held was arced into a nearly impossible bend, and the reel’s drag whined as it gave up line. After a few powerful runs that looked to test Hoffman’s equipment to the limit, he kneeled down, reached into the hole and pulled up a trophy smallmouth bass. “Now that’s a good way to start the day,” Hoffman said. After a quick photo, the fish was sent back down the hole.