Reviews of existing or newly proposed regulations on 22 lakes for walleye, yellow perch, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and muskellunge will be the subject of seven public meetings conducted across the state in the coming weeks by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (
The meetings will include reviews of walleye regulations on
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 26 years, fisheries managers have monitored a variety of regulations across
“Much has been learned from our efforts to improve fish populations with length and bag limits,” said Al Stevens,
Experimental regulations are in effect for a specific period of time, typically 10 years. Before the regulation ends, fish managers must evaluate the regulation and then gather input from public meetings to help determine whether to extend, modify or drop the existing experimental regulations.
“Fisheries managers welcome the opportunity to hear opinions from anglers,” Stevens said. “Public participation is critical in determining whether proposed and existing regulations are meeting angler expectations.”
Waters being evaluated this year were posted at public access points in the spring. Public notices for each meeting will be published in local newspapers. For more information about a specific meeting, check online at www.mndnr.gov/fishing/meetings or contact the local
Written or verbal comments also will be accepted at local fisheries offices up to 10 days following a local meeting. Telephone numbers and addresses of local fisheries offices can be found online at online at www.mndnr.gov/areas/fisheries or on page 94 of the 2013 Fishing Regulations handbook.
For those unable to attend a local meeting, there will be an open house at
Open houses, which can be viewed on the
: Largemouth bass regulations on Stony and Thirteen lakes will be reviewed from on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Cass County , Walker Area Community Center 105 Tower Ave. E. : The catch-and-release regulation for muskellunge on Clearwater County will be reviewed from 6- on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Douglas Lodge in Elk Lake . Itasca State Park
- Itasca County: Implementing a 17- to 26-inch protected slot limit for walleye on Bowstring, Sand and Jessie lakes and reviewing that protected slot on Swan, Trout (near Coleraine), Splithand, Moose, Island (near Northome), Round (near Squaw Lake), and Deer/Battle/Pickerel (near Effie) will be discussed at two meetings. The first will be from on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the
on Minnesota Highway 46 in Squaw Lake Community Center . The second will be from on Thursday, Oct. 10, in the training room at Squaw Lake , Minnesota Interagency Fire Center 402 11th St. SE, Grand Rapids. : Relaxing the existing 18- to 26-inch protected slot limit for walleye to a Leech Lake
20- to 26-inch protected slot will be discussed from 6- 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at
, Walker Area Community Center 105 Tower Ave. E. : Restricting the daily and possession limit for sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, yellow perch, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass on Bear Creek Reservoir, Foster-Arend Pond, Kalmar Reservoir, Quarry Hill Pond, and Willow Reservoir will be discussed from Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Rochester Olmsted County DNRoffice, 3555 9th St. NW, Suite 350. : The 13- to 17-inch protected slot for walleye on the Fish Lake Reservoir will be reviewed from on Monday, Oct. 14. Contact the Duluth area fisheries office at 218-525-0853 or check on the St. Louis County DNRwebsite at www.mndnr.gov/fishing and follow the angler alert link for meeting location.