Duck hunters headed for the Canosia Wildlife Management Area near Duluth for the Minnesota duck season opener on Saturday should be aware that water levels are low on the impoundments. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials said the water levels were lowered to almost complete draw-down level earlier this summer in order to repair one of the water control structures on Angell Pool. Due to lingering drought conditions, the water levels have not recovered significantly.
Hunters will find the water levels on Angell Pool at least 2 feet below normal, making boat and canoe navigation more difficult. The water levels on Trettle Pool are significantly lower, making boat or canoe navigation nearly impossible.
There are good numbers of waterfowl using the pools, wildlife officials say, but getting to them may be more of a challenge for hunters this year.
The DNR occasionally uses draw-downs to manage wetland vegetation for waterfowl use. The improved vegetation and functioning water control structure should provide better conditions for waterfowl in the future. For more information, call the Cloquest area wildlife office at (218) 879-0880, ext. 233, or the Duluth wildlife office at