The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting open houses this fall to gather input on the future of northern pike and bass (smallmouth and largemouth) regulations on Pelican Lake near Orr, Minnesota.
The first open house was held Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.
The second open house will be Oct. 17, from 7 – 9 p.m., at the American Legion Post 480, 4543 Highway 53, Orr.
The open houses are intended to provide background information, answer questions, and take public input on the future of experimental regulations on these waters.
Experimental regulations for northern pike and bass have been in place on Pelican Lake since 1998. The northern pike regulation requires the immediate release of all pike from 24 to 36 inches. One northern pike over 36 inches is allowed in a possession limit of three. The bass regulation protects fish from 14 to 20 inches, with one over 20 inches allowed in a possession limit. The current regulations expire on March 1, 2018. These regulations may be modified, extended or dropped.
Comments on these regulations can be mailed to Kevin Peterson, area fisheries supervisor, DNR area fisheries, 392 Highway 11 East, International Falls, MN 56649, or sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 31.