Significant walleye stocking will continue on northern Minnesota's Leech Lake over the next five years, under a new DNR management plan for the lake.
The plan calls for 22 million walleye fry to be stocked in 2011, 7.5 million in 2012 and 2013, and 22 million in 2014. In 2015, stocking may or may not occur, depending on need.
About 3,000 cormorants have been removed from the lake by sharpshooters annually for the past five years, and that process likely will continue to limit the cormorant population to 500 nesting pairs.
The plan was developed with public input. A 17-member Leech Lake Advisory Committee representing local and statewide interests in Leech Lake management activities provided input and guidance.
The final plan is available online at mndnr.gov/leechlake.
 
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•Friday is the deadline to apply for a Wisconsin spring turkey permit.
•Canada goose hunting in the Rochester area reopens Dec. 16 and goes through Jan. 2.
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