DNR Meetings about Northern Pike Fishing Regulations Continue

DNR Meetings about Northern Pike Fishing Regulations Continue Photo: Photo: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

September 23, 2015 10:36 AM

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials are planning community meetings to talk about how to improve northern pike fishing statewide.

The DNR is proposing statewide regulations for northern pike fishing, which would address problems with pike populations in north-central, northeast and southern Minnesota.

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The proposal would create three pike fishing zones. Each region has its own unique problem, DNR officials say.

DNR officials say the north-central zone has too many small pike, so the proposal would increase the number of medium and large pike and decrease the number of small pike.

The northeast zone has a small amount of large pike. The proposal would maintain harvest opportunities while protecting the large pike.

The south zone has fewer pike, and the ones that are there don’t produce as well as in the north. The proposal would increase the amount of pike and improve harvest opportunity.

A series of public meetings will be offered to discuss the proposal. Each meeting will include a 20-minute presentation and a time to answer questions.

Here’s the meeting schedule:

  • Tower, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, Tower Civic Center, 402 Pine St.
  • Alexandria, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, Broadway Ballroom, 115 30th Ave. E.
  • Detroit Lakes, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, 900 Highway 34 E.
  • Grand Rapids, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, Minnesota Interagency Fire Center training room on second floor, 402 11th St. SE.
  • Bemidji, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, Northwest Technical College, 905 Grant Ave. SE.
  • St. Cloud, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, Great River Regional Library - St. Cloud, 1300  St. Germain St. W.
  • Apple Valley, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave.
  • Andover, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, Bunker Hills Activities Center (accessible only from north entrance that is east of Bunker Lake), 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW.
  • Mankato, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, Country Inn & Suites, Mississippi/Riverbend room, 1900 Premier Drive.
  • Duluth, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, EPA building, 6201 Congdon Blvd.
  • Willmar, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building (multi-purpose room), 2200-23rd St. NE, Suite 1020.

See more meeting details here.

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