News release: Fish and Wildlife Almanac, April 3

April 3, 2023

DNR webinars cover turkey calling techniques,
trout stream easements

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites people interested in fishing, wildlife and outdoor skills to tune in to upcoming webinars that feature discussions about turkey calling techniques and trout stream easements that improve angling access.

The first webinar is Wednesday, April 5. With turkey season right around the corner, DNR staff will discuss calling techniques, types of turkey calls and tips to get that shy gobbler to approach while hunting.

The second webinar is Wednesday, April 12. The DNR has established more than 500 miles of public fishing easements along trout streams. Dusty Hoffman, DNR stream habitat specialist, will discuss how to find angling easements and properly use easements on some of Minnesota’s best trout streams. Learn about some habitat improvement projects completed on easements and how those projects enhance angling opportunities.

The webinars are part of the DNR’s Minnesota Outdoor Skills and Stewardship Series. The webinars are free, but registration is required. More information is available on the outdoor skills and stewardship page of the DNR website.

Video shows how to handle flathead catfish, other large fish

A video by the DNR aims to educate anglers about how to properly handle large fish during catch-and-release.

Being properly equipped and understanding how to handle a large fish is critical to ensuring the fish’s survival after release. The video covers the proper equipment for large fish, minimizing the time the fish is out of the water, protecting the fish’s slime coating, holding the large fish horizontally and supporting the fish’s body, and how to release the fish.   

The flathead catfish fishing season began April 1. Additionally, seasons are around the corner for other large fish like lake sturgeon, muskellunge, northern pike, steelhead and others.

The video can be found on the DNR’s catch and release page.

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