Tagged bighead carp leads DNR to 2 others in St. Croix River

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources captured two bighead carp May 11 during a search on the St. Croix River to recapture a tagged bighead carp they have been tracking as part of an invasive carp pilot project.  Full Story

Red flag warning issued

Extreme conditions for wildfire

Most of the north half of Minnesota is under very high fire danger today, including a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service for the following counties:  Full Story

New firewood rules aim to protect Minnesota forests

Campers and other visitors planning to have campfires at state parks, state forests and other public lands managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources need to be aware of new firewood rules beginning this year.  New rules were needed, because quarantine boundaries instituted for gypsy moth and emerald ash borer made the former rules problematic.   Full Story

Apply to hunt elk in Minnesota

Help manage elk populations

Hunters have through Friday, June 15, to apply for one of 22 elk licenses offered this year by the Department of Natural Resources. Elk hunting is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Minnesota residents.  Full Story

Minnesota Twins and DNR offer free hats

Anyone with a 2018 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free camouflage and blaze orange Twins logo cap thanks to a special ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/twins, with games on select dates from May through September.  Full Story

Walleye egg take a success despite squeeze of late ice-out

This spring’s late ice-out meant a shorter window of time for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to take walleye eggs for annual fish stocking but despite a two-week late start the agency collected enough eggs to meet stocking goals.  Full Story

Lake Sarah egg take finished for 2018, genetic experiment continues

Research continues into southern Minnesota’s premiere walleye fishery

For decades, Murray County’s Lake Sarah has been southern Minnesota’s premiere walleye fishery, but it could also hold the key to how Department of Natural Resources fisheries crews stock walleyes for decades to come in southwest Minnesota.  Full Story

Camping season begins May 11 at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park

The campground at Minnesota’s newest state park will open Friday, May 11, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

Cold water can be a killer; DNR urges opening-day anglers to be prepared

It remains to be seen how the fish cooperate on Saturday’s fishing opener, but one thing is clear: With the ice having just left most lakes, the water will be cold, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   Full Story

Drop the drone during fire season

Now that spring wildfire season is here, the Department of Natural Resources reminds recreational drone pilots to ground their gear during wildfires.  Full Story

Spring is a good time to review dock and dock platform regulations

Before installing or investing in a new dock or dock platform, lake home and cabin owners should check to ensure it will meet state requirements, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. Lake service provider businesses should review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they sell or install is in compliance.   Full Story

Minnesota anglers and boaters need to pay attention to aquatic invasive species laws

This weekend’s fishing opener comes with a reminder for Minnesotans to continue to follow the laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

New round of shooting range grants available

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced the availability of $330,000 in shooting range grants to build or improve trap, skeet, rifle, pistol or five-stand shooting ranges in the state. The application period opens May 15 and closes June 29.  Full Story

20 candidates begin training to join state conservation officer ranks

The 18th class of candidates to take part in the Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation Officer Academy has begun training at Camp Ripley. This year’s class includes 20 recruits with diverse backgrounds.  Full Story

Lawmakers need to approve urgent funding for DNR facilities

By Tom Landwehr

Let’s imagine if you didn’t do routine maintenance on your house.

The furnace tune up you missed turns into a broken heating system. The damp spot in your basement becomes a moldy, unhealthy mess. The small leak in your roof becomes a larger leak, ruining your furniture and your belongings inside.  Full Story

Annual fishing closure near Pike River hatchery in effect to protect spawning fish

Anglers heading to Lake Vermilion will notice fishing closure signs for the Pike River near the seasonal Pike River hatchery operation. The temporary closure is enacted each spring from April 1 to May 30 to protect concentrations of spawning walleye that may be vulnerable to over-harvest.  Full Story

DNR considering changes to walleye regulations on Leech Lake

A proposal to allow anglers on Leech Lake in northwestern Minnesota more opportunity to keep walleye starting in 2019 will be up for consideration by the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

DNR’s big vision: a weekend full of accessible outdoor adventures

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr has a big vision for capital investment this year: to create a whole weekend of accessible infrastructure at one of Minnesota’s most visited state’s parks. The target of his ambition is William O’Brien State Park, located about 45 minutes northeast of St. Paul along the beautiful St Croix River.  Full Story

Angler breaks state record for golden redhorse

Angler Ethan Rasset has broken the state record for golden redhorse in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ certified weight category.  Full Story

Removing lake plants could require a permit

Lakeshore property owners are reminded that a permit may be required to remove aquatic plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

Grants available for groups that help more people hunt and fish

Grants are available for groups that help more people hunt and fish through a program that, so far, has funded 34 projects ranging from an outdoor adventure club at Roseville Area High School to classes for the Fairmont community that get friends and family fishing together.   Full Story

DNR adds more counties to burning restrictions list

Because wildfire risk remains high, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has added the following counties to the burn restriction list effective immediately:  Full Story

Decades later, Mt. Tom still provides fantastic views

Sibley State Park icon remains jewel in Kandiyohi County

Rising above the treetops at Sibley State Park is an icon of Kandiyohi County –Mt. Tom and its viewing shelter. The shelter, constructed in 1938, became a destination for people who visited one of Minnesota’s best-known state parks.  Full Story

Reminder: Northern pike zone regulations in effect for fishing opener

Anglers planning to fish for northern pike when the season opens Saturday, May 12, are reminded that new regulations for catching and keeping northern pike will be the most significant change they’ll find in the 2018 Minnesota Fishing Regulations Booklet.  Full Story

Fishing opener: What people need to know

The tradition of fishing opener in Minnesota centers around roughly half a million anglers going fishing the day the season opens for walleye, sauger, northern pike and trout in lakes – this year on Saturday, May 12. Here are some reminders for the 2018 fishing opener.  Full Story

Dry, windy conditions prompt Red Flag Warning for most of the state

Conditions ripe for wildfire

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds people that a Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service today.  Full Story

Itasca County fishing closures will protect spawning fish

Anglers in Itasca County will notice fishing closure signs at several area lakes and a creek this spring. These temporary closures are regularly enacted during the start of the fishing season to protect concentrations of spawning fish that may be vulnerable to over-harvest. Full Story

New DNR website application enlists public to help document bear expansion

Citizen-science project to collect bear sightings outside primary bear range

Minnesota’s black bear range has been slowly expanding southward and westward. To better understand and document this expansion, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources designed a new reporting application on its website to gather bear sightings made by the public outside the primary bear range.  Full Story

The water’s fine – or almost melted – so let’s go fishing!

By Jeff Ledermann, angler and hunter education and skills team supervisor

So you might have heard that fishing is a big deal in Minnesota. Maybe you’ve even thought it sounds kind of fun. Then reality sets in and here comes the list of chores, hassles and other plans – all those reasons we end up watching beautiful vistas through our friends’ social media feeds instead of enjoying Minnesota’s great outdoors ourselves.  Full Story

Grand Marais area fisheries announces survey work

Each year, fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office conducts fisheries surveys and assessments to monitor changes in fish populations, and to evaluate management strategies. Full Story

DNR fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

Each year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Aitkin area fisheries staff conducts fisheries surveys and assessments to monitor changes in fish populations, and to determine if management strategies have been effective. Full Story

Minnesota, Wisconsin DNRs to discuss bag, size limits on Mississippi

Minnesota and Wisconsin natural resources departments will hold five public input meetings in mid-May to kick off a multi-state review of bag and size limits for gamefish on the Mississippi River between Hastings, Minn., and the Iowa border.  Full Story

Spring burning restrictions begin in Minnesota

Warm temperatures and dry conditions mean increased wildfire risk, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will restrict open burning in the following counties effective immediately:  Full Story

Reminder: Comment on deer management plan through May 9

The Department of Natural Resources welcomes comments through Wednesday, May 9, on Minnesota’s draft deer plan that sets a new statewide harvest target, increases citizen participation in deer management and outlines ways to keep the population and habitat healthy.  Full Story

DNR urges extreme caution on late-season ice

Lakes in every part of Minnesota are experiencing later-than-usual ice-out but temperatures are rising and the Department of Natural Resources reminds anyone venturing onto remaining ice to use extreme caution – or stay off altogether. During the past week, conservation officers throughout the state report deteriorating ice conditions and instances of people and equipment falling through.  Full Story

Special regulations vs. northern pike zones: Which wins?

One question that may arise from anglers reading the northern pike zone regulations in effect when the season opens Saturday, May 12: What about special regulations that apply to individual waters?  Full Story

May is Minnesota Arbor Month

New videos show how to plant trees for clean water

To help celebrate Arbor Month, the Department of Natural Resources has created three short and fun videos that demonstrate how to plant, water, and mulch trees. Planting trees is the easiest and most natural way to keep water clean.  Full Story

Hook a catfish and get hooked on fun

Consider the lowly catfish. With its long, whisker-like barbels and flattened face, it might not be the prettiest fish swimming in Minnesota’s waters. But more and more anglers around the state are finding it an attractive species, both for sport and for the frying pan.  Full Story

DNR Enforcement Division announces promotions

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division has promoted four officers – Chelsie Leuthardt, Brandon McGaw, Jen Mueller and Brett Oberg – to the position of regional training officer. They’ve been in their new positions since April 18.  Full Story

DNR urges Minneopa State Park visitors to keep bison calves’ safety in mind

Calves mark successful introduction of Theodore Roosevelt National Park herd genetics

With new bison calves expected at Minneopa State Park in the coming weeks and months, managers with the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails division are reminding visitors to keep calves’ safety in mind by remaining in their vehicles along the park’s popular bison range road.  Full Story

DNR to hold confiscated hunting, fishing equipment auction

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled an auction of confiscated hunting and fishing equipment for Saturday, Aug. 4. The auction, which is open to the public, will include items from people who forfeited their equipment after committing serious game and fish violations. More than 200 firearms, over 40 bows, and a variety of other hunting and fishing-related equipment will be available.  Full Story

Buy a walleye stamp and help maintain fishing opportunities

Some anglers go above and beyond to make fishing better in Minnesota by purchasing walleye stamps that help the Department of Natural Resources add walleye to lakes where there otherwise would be none.  Full Story

Sophia’s Law takes effect May 1

New carbon monoxide law aimed at saving boaters

In advance of the 2018 boating season, Minnesota will be the first state in the nation to require carbon monoxide detectors and warning stickers on certain boats. Sophia’s Law, named after 7-year-old Sophia Baechler, who died tragically from carbon monoxide poisoning while on her family’s boat, takes effect May 1.  Full Story

Why the zones? New regulations for keeping northern pike explained

The new northern pike fishing regulations, which were announced recently and go into effect on the May 12 fishing opener, have three distinct zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
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With late ice-out, DNR crews face a challenge to get ramps and docks ready by fishing opener

The lingering cold weather is delaying ice-out on Minnesota lakes and rivers, which could make it difficult for DNR crews to have the 1,500 public water accesses it manages ready in time for the May 12 fishing opener. Full Story