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Another conservative deer season set to rebuild population

DNR mid-summer deer report: More deer seen after milder winter

Strong catch, warm weather push Mille Lacs walleye fishery toward state quotaOther fishing on Mille Lacs unaffected, remains strong and near record highs...

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Lake of the Woods - Bite has been hot and keeping anglers on the move. Walleyes are being caught jigging, drifting with spinners and trolling crankbaits. Nice limits filling in a mix of walleyes and saugers with a few jumbo perch...

Apply by Aug. 14 for youth deer hunts at state parks and refuges - Events

Breeding mallard numbers down, other species up from last year
Minnesota’s breeding mallard population counts are down from last year while other species saw increases, according to the results of the annual Minnesota Department of Natural Resources spring waterfowl surveys.

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7-27-15-CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked angling activity on Lake of the Woods, Hayes Lake, and the Roseau River.  Emergency Vehicle Operation training was attended at Camp Ripley.  Enforcement action was taken on an angler using an extra line near Warroad, and a boat was encountered by Little Oak Island with an over limit of walleyes, illegal length walleyes, and dressed, immeasurable walleye fillets that were obviously from large, illegal length fish.  Assistance was also given to Ontario Game Wardens with an over limit at the Northwest Angle.

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7-27-15-Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the lower to mid 70s.  And while the weather is summer-warm, the fishing is getting even 'hotter."  .

DNR Outdoor Report
Anglers in the north have been catching walleye in good numbers and reporting fair to good catches of catfish, white bass and northern pike as well. Anglers in the southern had luck with crappies and bluegill, from shore and boat, along with some reports of bullheads biting aggressively.

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It seems like there are a lot of small hammer-handle pike where I fish. Is this true across Minnesota?

A: DNR sampling and angler catch reports show that northern pike populations differ greatly in various regions of the state. In the northeast, pike are present in relatively low numbers and relatively large sizes. They grow slowly there but can reach trophy sizes due to limited fishing pressure across a large number of lakes.

In southern Minnesota, pike are less abundant and don't reproduce as well as in the north, but they grow fast. Southern Minnesota has high fishing pressure, though, and pike are often harvested before they can grow to large sizes.

The north-central area is plagued by too many small pike (under 22 inches). There is moderate to high fishing pressure with high harvest of large and medium size pike. Pike grow slowly here, and a lot of small hammer-handles is the result.

DNR fisheries is exploring the idea of a zone concept where northern pike regulations could be customized to best meet the different management objectives for each zone. Such an approach could protect large pike in the northeast, increase pike populations in the south and eventually solve the problem of too many small pike in north-central Minnesota. To learn more, and to comment on the pike zone concept, visit www.mndnr.gov/pike.

Gary Barnard, Bemidji area fisheries supervisor

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