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CO Weekly Report
CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports working on TIPs of possible over limits, checking anglers and shelters for violations. A case of wanton waste and dumping of nearly 20 ducks, some in various stages of being processed was investigated. All of them appeared to be goldeneyes, most likely taken the end of the waterfowl season. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, no fishing licenses in possession and shelter marking and tagging violations.
Fishing & Hunting Reports
Crappies, bluegills and perch are hitting in two locations in the Eagle River area. Fish main lake mudflats or basins in 35 feet of water or less. The fish are holding on and around structure (humps, cribs, brush piles, drowned wood and depressions), or contour changes. You an also fish weed edges and break edges in 15 feet of water or less.
DNR Outdoor Report
Ice conditions continue to deteriorate, with many major river systems opening. The Chippewa, Wolf and much of the Wisconsin rivers are open, as is the south fork of the Flambeau with the north fork not far behind. Northern lakes still have a foot or more of ice but it has turned honeycombed and gray. Many lakes have developed patches of open water near inlets, access areas and along south-facing shores.
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DNR Q & A
Q: Which fish species are the first to spawn in Minnesota lakes during the spring?
A: Northern pike usually spawn first when water temperatures are in the low 40s. There is often still ice on the main lakes when pike run into tributary streams, rivers or wetlands to spawn. Walleye spawn a bit later, followed by yellow perch, muskellunge, bass and crappie/bluegill.
Henry Drewes, DNR regional fisheries manager
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