A steelhead attempts to leap a set of falls on the Knife River. (Sam Cook photo)

Steelhead, Kamloops Returns Above Average On North Shore

Minnesota’s Knife River appears to be taking relatively strong run of steelhead — Lake Superior migratory rainbow trout — this spring. Through Friday, 802 steelhead had been captured at the Knife River Trap, said Nick Peterson, Department of Natural Resources migratory fish specialist at French River. Last year, 922 unclipped (wild) and 41 clipped (stocked)…
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Deer

DNR Won’t Implement NE Deer Permit Area Boundary Changes This Year

Public response to a proposal to re-align a handful of deer permit areas in Northeastern Minnesota has prompted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to wait to implement the changes in 2017. “We remain committed to the boundary changes, which benefit both deer and moose,” Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader, said in a…
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Fishing

Minnesota Will Allow Catch-and-Release Fishing Records For Some Species

Minnesota’s state-record fish program now will include catch-and-release length records, but for only three species — lake sturgeon, flathead catfish and muskellunge. Traditional catch-and-keep records for all species will remain an option, said Mike Kurre, mentoring program coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota’s traditional fishing records are based on certified weight. The…
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Kamloops rainbow trout flop and splash inside a seine net held by fisheries workers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at the French River on Wednesday morning. Eggs from the fish will be used to raise next year's Kamloops rainbows for stocking. (Sam Cook photo)

DNR Captures Big Batch Of Kamloops Rainbows For Stocking Program

Look for a story and video from the French River in Sunday’s Duluth News Tribune about fisheries officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources capturing Kamloops rainbow trout. Fisheries crews, using a seine net, collected more than 600 of the trout, one of the largest net pulls in many years. The fish are captured…
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t4.14.16 Sam Cook -- cookSTEELHEAD0417c4 -- A steelhead -- Lake Superior rainbow trout -- tries to leap a set of falls just below the Minnesota Highway 61 expressway on Wednesday afternoon. Sam Cook / scook@duluthnews.com

TU Meeting Will Address Status Of North Shore Steelhead

The conservation group Trout Unlimited offers an opportunity to learn about the status of North Shore steelhead on at 7 p.m. April 14 at Hartley Nature Center in Duluth. The Gitche Gumee Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting will feature a presentation on the “Status and Future of Steelheading” including an examination of habitat work, the…
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