Good news for Leech Lake anglers: The DNR is proposing relaxing the lake’s walleye harvest regulations for next year.
The agency is considering changing the current 18- to 26-inch protected slot limit to a 20- to 26-inch protected slot, beginning March 1, 2014.
Walleye abundance, including spawning stock, has increased on Leech Lake, officials say. Data indicate natural reproduction continues at rates similar to other large walleye lakes throughout the region. Public input in 2010 supported continuation of the 18-to 26-inch protected slot limit provided there was flexibility to adjust to a 20- to 26-inch protected slot limit if thresholds established during the regulation review process were met.
Anglers can expect to see informational signs on all public water accesses on Leech Lake beginning Saturday, May 11. In addition to the signs, the DNR will host public input meetings this fall.
Comments may be sent to Doug Schultz, DNR area fisheries supervisor, 07316 State Highway 371 NW, Walker, MN 56484 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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•Minnesota’s spring wild turkey harvest continues to run well behind last year, because of the unseasonably cold spring, which included snow last week in the southeast. Hunters killed 7,037 birds through Monday, down 15 percent from the 8,328 they harvested the same time last year.
•Conservation officer Jeff Johanson of Osakis is investigating the discovery of about 20 northern pike that had been shot by bow and arrow and left along the banks of the Sauk River near the Lake Osakis outlet. “The pike were spawning, full of eggs, and wasted,’’ he reported. He urged anyone with information to call the TIP line.
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Previously, the DNR said it would wait until an annual fall walleye survey was complete on Mille Lacs before determing whether winter walleye fishing could begin Dec. 1.
Deadline to apply is Sept. 24