Early season boaters urged to wear life jackets on cold water

During the spring “cold water season” of Memorial Day weekend, boaters are reminded that wearing a life jacket is a safety necessity.  Full Story

Tours of Soudan Underground Mine resume Memorial Day weekend

Guided public tours of Soudan Underground Mine, the state’s first iron ore mine, will resume for the 2017 season on Memorial Day weekend. Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, May 27 through Sept. 30, and on weekends only until Oct. 22 at Lake Vermillion – Soudan Underground Mine State Park near Tower.   Full Story

Volunteers sought for Governor’s Council on Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program

People who enjoy the North Shore and Lake Superior and want to help shape its future are encouraged to consider volunteering to serve on the Governor’s Council on Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.  Full Story

Glacial Lakes State Trail to be reconstructed between Willmar and Spicer

A 6-mile section of the Glacial Lakes State Trail will be closed as contractors work on improvements, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

Expansion projects on tap for Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

Improvements coming soon to the popular 25-mile mountain bike trail system at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area will add trail miles and skill-building features and improve traffic flow.  Full Story

DNR seeks comments on environmental review of Hawkes Company Peat Mining Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments through June 14 on an environmental assessment worksheet for the Hawkes Company Peat Mining Mercil Site project.  Full Story

Apply to hunt elk in Minnesota

Northwest elk research continues

Hunters have through Friday, June 16, to apply for one of 13 elk licenses offered this year by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

Modest license fee increase needed to sustain Minnesota’s great fishing

Minnesotans will celebrate great fishing when the season officially kicks off on Saturday, May 13.

Just how great is fishing in the land of 10,000 lakes? Minnesota ranks second in the nation in the number of resident anglers — 1.4 million Minnesotans cast a line each year. Full Story

Anglers can boost chances that fish survive after catch and release

Stories of multiple anglers catching the same fish are more than fishing lore – they’re the real result of anglers practicing catch-and-release fishing. Anglers can take several actions to boost the chances a fish survives after being released, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

Regional fishing reports available from DNR in preparation for opener

Anglers looking for local information before the Saturday, May 13, fishing opener for walleye, northern pike and trout in lakes can gain local knowledge from regional fishing reports by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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Saints offer discounts, free hat in partnership with DNR

Anyone with a 2017 Minnesota fishing or hunting license can receive a free St. Paul Saints logo baseball cap though a special Saints ticket offer online at mndnr.gov/saints.
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Take a mom fishing on Mother’s Day weekend

Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license from Saturday, May 13, to Sunday, May 14, during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend. Full Story

DNR fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Aitkin area fisheries staff has finalized the assessment schedule for the 2017 field season. Full Story

Mississippi River holds great angling for fishing opener

When Gov. Mark Dayton heads out in the early hours of May 13 in hopes of hooking into a big fish, he’ll be doing something only a few governors have done before: Marking the opening day of Minnesota’s angling season by fishing on a river.  Full Story

Kingsbury Bay – Grassy Point restoration project input sought

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting to present project details and receive public input on a restoration project proposed for Kingsbury Bay and Grassy Point in the St. Louis River. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Center West/Evergreen Center at 5830 Grand Ave., Duluth.  Full Story

Leave deer fawns alone, urges DNR

Deer fawns are being born this time of year and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that people avoid disturbing or touching them.  Full Story

How to keep kids hooked on fishing? Catch some big fish

Take a kid fishing and they may find that catching a real, live fish can be an exciting contrast to the programmed reality of scrolling through social media – at least, for a while. Full Story

Lake Christina management plan updated

Anyone interested in management strategies for Lake Christina in Douglas and Grant counties in west-central Minnesota is encouraged to review and submit comments on the updated draft management plan, which makes it easier to initiate lake level drawdowns.  Full Story

Minnesota River Valley Master Plan released to public

Plan’s release comes after public input and two years of planning

A development plan that will guide future conservation efforts and the creation of recreational opportunities on either side of the Minnesota River between Upper Sioux Agency and Fort Ridgely state parks in southern Minnesota is available for a 30-day public comment period.  Full Story

New zebra mussel-sniffing K9s take aim at aquatic invasive species

With the fishing opener fast approaching, two new K9 dogs, trained to quickly locate zebra mussels on boats and trailers, will be helping the Department of Natural Resources prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.  Full Story

Wild turkey populations expanding in northeastern Minnesota

Wild turkey populations are on the rise in northeastern Minnesota, and the birds are showing up in areas where they haven’t been seen in the past, reports the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

Trees — good for your health

By Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist

Today is the first day of Arbor Month in Minnesota, which causes me to reflect on the many benefits of trees. The shade that trees cast is an important benefit to me.  Full Story

Removing lake plants could require a permit

Lakeshore property owners are reminded that a permit may be required to remove aquatic plants.  Full Story

Catch a lake sturgeon sporting a tag? Report it

Six feet – that’s the length of the longest lake sturgeon tagged by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and there’s a chance a Rainy River angler could catch that 6-foot fish or others out of the 8,959 sturgeon tagged to date as part of a long-term study.  Full Story

Cases rise of disease carried by raccoons that can infect dogs

Reports are on the rise of a disease in raccoons that can infect domestic dogs. Taking precautions can minimize chances of the disease spreading to pets. Full Story

Experimental northern pike regulations repealed on Bowstring, Round lakes

After reviewing public comments, the experimental northern pike regulations currently in place for Bowstring and Round (including connected Alice) lakes in Itasca County were repealed March 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The experimental regulation currently in place for Sand Lake will remain in effect for now. Full Story

Grand Marais area fisheries announces survey work

Fisheries staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Grand Marais area office will conduct surveys and assessments on several Cook County lakes and streams during the next few months. Full Story

DNR invites public input on proposed forest trails in Beltrami Island State Forest

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized recreation in the Beltrami Island State Forest in Beltrami, Lake of the Woods and Roseau counties to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, June 28, to review a set of proposals that include changes to trail systems in the state forest. Full Story

DNR seeks input on proposed changes to sharp-tailed grouse hunting

Sharp-tailed grouse hunting in the east-central part of the state would begin about a month later under a proposal from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

DNR invites public input on proposed motor vehicle use in new state forest

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites citizens to learn about proposed recreation opportunities in Centennial State Forest, a 3,394-acre state forest in Cass County donated to the DNR in 2013.  Full Story

Walleye stamps support better fishing across Minnesota

Anglers can support walleye stocking by purchasing $5 walleye stamps that help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provide more places to fish for walleye.  Full Story

Wildlife experts band eagle chicks on tax day

The three eaglets featured on the DNR’s popular EagleCam had metal bands placed on their legs today as part on an ongoing research project. Today was chosen to band the eaglets because they are about six weeks old, which is the perfect age for banding.  Full Story

Thinking deeply about your own fishing

Take a big view of what’s underwater

By Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator

I will soon be out fishing, not in the office thinking about fishing. The sun will descend toward the horizon creating a masterpiece that needs no photo filter or alteration. Full Story

Groundwater sampling planned for Redwood County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will collect and analyze water samples from about 90 wells in Redwood County this summer. The data are being collected for the Redwood County Geologic Atlas, Part B (hydrogeology).  Full Story

Stream trout fishing opportunities abound for Saturday opener

Minnesota’s stream trout season opens this Saturday, April 15, and with the early spring weather of 2017 anglers should find good fishing conditions around much of the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Full Story

DNR seeks comments on EAW for Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area project

The Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) prepared for the Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area project in Renville County, about 12 miles south of the city of Renville along the Minnesota River. Full Story

DNR to share request for proposals results for White Bear Lake augmentation

The DNR will host a meeting to share the latest results of a request for proposals to build an augmentation system to move water from East Vadnais Lake to White Bear Lake. Contractors will explain elements of their report and answer questions.
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Confiscated hunting, fishing equipment auction set for April 28

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an auction of confiscated hunting and fishing equipment on Saturday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m. The auction items are from people who forfeited their equipment after committing serious game violations. Full Story

Time to stop pruning oaks

The safe period to prune oaks is over, according to the Department of Natural Resources. With recent warm temperatures, oaks in most of Minnesota are now at risk of becoming infected with oak wilt. Full Story

DNR conservation officer awarded TIP Officer of the Year

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer, Tony Musatov, has been named the 2016 Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year for his dedicated efforts to the Turn in Poachers (TIP) program. Full Story

State archery competitors on track with a lifelong skill

Each year, at schools around Minnesota, nearly a quarter-million students aim and release arrows at targets through an Archery in the Schools program, a figure that appears to be growing, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

Buy a license and share the passion for fishing

Fishing makes memories and license dollars fund work to maintain healthy fish populations

As a kid, Chakong Thao caught his first fish in an east metro area lake that continues to be a great place to start fishing, with 4 miles of fishable shoreline, a pier, easy access by car, bus or bicycle, and perhaps most importantly, lots of fish.  Full Story

New Upper Red Lake walleye regulations announced

Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota this spring will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Full Story

Elk population survey completed in northwestern Minnesota

Survey an important part of ongoing research into elk movements 
Minnesota’s elk range in northwestern Minnesota has three herds with a total of 79 elk, according to the annual aerial elk population survey completed by the Department of Natural Resources in Kittson, Marshall and Roseau counties. Past surveys recorded 83 elk in 2016 and 131 in 2015. Full Story

Minnesota fishing facts

Anglers and waters

  • There are about 1.4 million licensed anglers in Minnesota.
  • About 500,000 people are expected to fish on Minnesota’s opening day of the walleye and northern pike season, Saturday, May 13.
  • Minnesota has 11,842 lakes, 5,500 of which are considered fishing lakes. There are over 18,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams, including 3,800 miles of trout streams.
  • Average annual expenditure per angler in Minnesota is about $1,500. 1
  • Although not every kind of fish lives everywhere, 162 species of fish can be found in Minnesota waters.

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