News release: Minnesota DNR seeks comments on reduced crappie and sunfish daily limits for Maple Lake

September 7, 2023

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an open house to collect public comments and share information on a proposal to improve angling on Maple Lake in Wright County by reducing daily limits on crappie and sunfish.

The open house will be 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the American Legion Post 131, 220 1st St. W., Maple Lake.

On Maple Lake, the daily limit for crappie would be lowered from 10 fish to five and the sunfish daily limit would be lowered from 20 fish to 10. The reduced daily limit would help maintain and protect the size structures of the crappie and sunfish populations in this lake. It would also have the potential to increase the average size of sunfish.

If adopted, the proposed regulations will go into effect March 1, 2024.

Comments about regulation changes being proposed can also be made online by visiting the Minnesota DNR website and taking the online survey. In addition, comments about the proposal can be directed to the DNR Sauk Rapids fisheries office at 320-223-7867, emailing [email protected], or by filling out the online survey. Written comments can be sent to DNR Sauk Rapids area fisheries, 1035 South Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379. Comments will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 13.

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