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Continued: Anderson: Could fishing on Minnesota's 'Dream Lake' become the norm?

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 23, 2014 - 12:42 AM

Complicating the DNR’s fish management options is a law passed by the Legislature in 2011 at the behest of spearing proponents that limits the establishment of length-based fish harvest regulations to 100 lakes in the state.

“I don’t have all the answers,’’ Hudson said. “But it’s pretty obvious we’ve been taking too many large fish from our lakes. Which might also explain why many of our lakes have so many small fish, northerns in particular, because a larger population of big fish could reduce the population of small fish.

“Someday, I’d like to see the DNR allow everyone to tag fish. Then when they catch fish and see they’re tagged, they’d understand the fish have been caught before and that maybe the fish should be released so they can be caught again.’’

 

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com







 

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