Winter Fishing Regs For Mille Lacs, Upper Red Lakes

  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced winter fishing regulations for Mille Lacs Lake and Upper Red Lake. Mille Lacs Lake walleye fishing will open on Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and a limit of one walleye from 20-22 inches long, or one longer than 28 inches. “We’re glad results of fall population…
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Minnesota DNR Extends Information Center Hours

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has extended its phone hours permanently. Hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts in Minnesota can call the Information Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays (closed on holidays). To reach the Information Center, call (888) 646-6367 or send…
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Some Whitefish/tullibee Lakes To Open Saturday

Recreational netting dates for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) have been set on several Schedule I Lakes in the Tower area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   Schedule I Lakes (48 hour notice)   The following Tower-area lakes will be open from Saturday, Oct. 28 through Nov. 17: Vermilion (all except Pike Bay,…
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Minnesota’s Wolf Population Estimate Up 25 Percent

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said its annual survey showed an estimated 2,856 wolves spread among 500 packs, up from 2,278 wolves in the 2015-2016 survey. Wolf numbers had remained flat for several years before this year’s jump. Read my colleague John Myers’ report on today’s wolf population announcement here.  

Minnesota Duck Hunters Endure Warm, Muggy Opener

Crazy weather greeted duck hunters on Saturday’s waterfowl opener — temperatures in the 80s with high humidity. Here’s a collection of snippets on the weekend’s duck hunting action from Monday morning’s Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer reports: Jeff Humphrey, Cromwell area — “Waterfowl hunters were greeted with unseasonably warm weather and few ducks.…
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