Special and experimental regulations meetings
Reviews of existing or newly proposed regulations on 18 lakes and one river will be the subject of 11 public meetings conducted across the state in the coming weeks by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The goal of experimental and special regulations on individual waters is to expand opportunities for anglers to experience quality fishing that can be sustained in light of increasing angling pressure and improved angler efficiency. During the past 30 years, fisheries managers have monitored a variety of regulations across Minnesota.
Fall 2015 meetings
- Cass and Hubbard counties: Existing walleye regulation on Lake Kabekona, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, Community Meeting Room at Northwoods Bank of Minnesota, 1200 First Street E. in Park Rapids; existing bass regulations on Blackwater and Mule lakes, and regulations on various species on Horseshoe Lake, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Woodrow Township Hall, 1133 County Road 11 Northwest in Hackensack.
- Dakota County: Existing trout regulations on the Vermillion River, 7 p.m. Sept. 10, Vermillion River Highlands Wildlife Management Area Office, 15325 Babcock Ave. in Rosemount.
- Itasca County: Existing sunfish regulations on Deer, Battle and Pickerel lakes, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Bigfork City Hall, 200 Main Ave. in Bigfork.
- Otter Tail County: Existing bass regulations on North Turtle Lake, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Fergus Falls DNR Headquarters, 1509 First Ave. North in Fergus Falls.
- Crow Wing, Morrison and Todd counties: Three meetings on several proposals. Existing bass regulation, Pierz Lake in Morrison County, 8-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, Area Fisheries Office in Little Falls, 16543 Haven Road in Little Falls. Proposal for new sunfish regulations on Long (Higgins), Moose and Maple lakes in Todd County, Green Prairie Fish, and Sullivan lakes in Morrison County and Platte Lake in Crow Wing County, all in the Little Falls area, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 8, Club of the Pines, 21900 370th Ave. in Hillman; and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, Long Prairie City Hall, 615 Lake St South in Long Prairie.
- Koochiching and St. Louis counties: Existing walleye regulation on Rainy Lake, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, Rainy River Community College Theater, 1501 U.S. Highway 71 in International Falls.
- Stearns County: Existing bass regulations on Crooked and Long lakes 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Lyndon Town Hall, 21367 County Road in Clearwater.
For those unable to attend a local meeting, there will be an open house 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the DNR headquarters in St. Paul, 500 Lafayette Road. No formal presentations will be made. However, staff will be available to take comments on any proposal. Comments will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 3, and may also be submitted by email to email@example.com or by calling 651-259-5239.