To protect spawning fish, the Department of Natural Resources has begun to close certain portions of some Minnesota waters. The closings are routine and based on local conditions. Closings occur each year as ice-out begins and waters begin to warm. The DNR closes the spawning locations to fishing only where habitat is limited and fish are very concentrated in one location, such as a river or the bay of a lake where fish are congregated during spawning. Areas closed to fishing are listed and updated on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/fishmn. Portions of waters closed to fishing also are posted at access sites and in other visible areas. Anglers may fish in areas that are not posted.
SOURCE: Minnesota DNR
La Crosse's Monsoor 91st in FLW Tour Qualifier
SOMERSET, KY – Friday, April 13, certainly wasn't lucky for La Crosse professional bass fisherman Tom Monsoor. The veteran Monsoor finished in 91st place in the FLW Tour Qualifier on Lake Cumberland in Somerset, KY. Monsoor caught a five fish limit weighing 13 pounds, 2 ounces in Thursday's opening round, good enough for 42nd place. However, he managed only 9-14 on Friday, despite another five fish limit. His two-day total was 23-0. Pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, TN, took a 15-12 limit to the scale Friday to maintain his lead after Day Two. Morgan’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing 34-11 gave him a 1-6 advantage heading into the third day of competition in the four-day event that features a field of 183 of the world’s best bass fishing professionals and co-anglers competing for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division. The field is now cut to the top 30 pros as anglers resume competition Saturday morning, with only the top 10 pros advancing to Championship Sunday. Monsoor finished 59th in the FLW Tour Qualifier on Lake Lanier in Gainesville GA, recently, pocketing a $10,000 check.
Get fishing questions answered or license at Fish Minnesota
What species can I fish for? What kind of bait is legal? What kind of fish can I keep? Don’t have a fishing regulations book handy? No problem. You can find the answer at Fish Minnesota, the fishing information webpage at mndnr.gov/fishmn. Fish Minnesota is a mobile-friendly destination for information on when, where and how to fish. Users also will find a link to LakeFinder, which provides detailed information on more than 4,500 lakes throughout the state. “Fish Minnesota has become a go-to resource for many anglers because it can be accessed anywhere there is mobile phone service,” said Al Stevens, DNR fisheries lake and stream survey program consultant. “In addition to fishing regulations, there is a trove of information available through Fish Minnesota, including maps and stocking reports.” In a rush to get on the water? Fish Minnesota includes a link to purchase a fishing license with your smartphone. Following the license purchase, buyers receive a confirmation email or text that can be presented to a state conservation officer as proof of a valid fishing license. The printed 2018 Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet is available anywhere DNR licenses are sold and at mndnr.gov/fishmn.
SOURCE: Minnesota DNR
Anglers reminded to keep paper copy of license
MADISON, WI - Anglers, who fish Wisconsin's boundary and outlying waters, are reminded to carry a paper copy of their fishing license under law enforcement agreements with the neighboring states and federal agencies that share enforcement duties on these waters, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Chief Warden Todd Schaller. Schaller said the reason the paper copy is required of all anglers is because other states' and federal officers with jurisdiction on these waters do not have access to Wisconsin's Go Wild or the driver's license information to confirm fishing licenses. Use this handy step-by-step guide to help you reprint your license on your own. "The best advice is to print several copies of your fishing license and keep them with your fishing and boating equipment, and then forget about it because you'll be covered regardless of the home agency of the patrol officer on the water," Schaller said. "After that, your main focus is to enjoy your fishing trips."
SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR
Upper Red Lake walleye regulations set for open water season
Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake this spring will again be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, continuing the same regulation that was in place this past winter and the previous 2017 open water season. Harvest under the four-fish bag limit, one-over-17 regulation resulted in about 152,000 pounds for the winter season – a record high for winter harvest since re-opening walleye fishing in 2006 – and there remains room within the target harvest range to allow this regulation to continue into the open water season. “Anglers really like the current opportunities to keep lots of walleye on Upper Red Lake,” said Gary Barnard, area fisheries supervisor in Bemidji for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "These regulations serve a specific purpose now, but we want to be clear that eventually we may need to pull back.” Red Lake’s walleye harvest is managed under a joint harvest plan, revised in 2015 by the Red Lakes Fisheries Technical Committee. An Upper Red Lake Citizen Advisory Committee reviewed previous season harvest totals and regulation options and recommended continuation of the current walleye regulation for the state waters of Upper Red Lake. The revised harvest plan recommends an aggressive approach when walleye spawning stock is in surplus, as it currently is. The one-over component of this regulation replaced a protected slot limit in December 2015, and has been used ever since in combination with either a three- or four-fish bag limit. Surplus spawning stock means that there are more adult spawners than needed for good reproduction. Removing some of the excess is good for the population since it will improve growth and survival of young fish. Adjustments to size or bag limits may be needed in the future if the spawning stock needs more protection. “For now, the regulations meet our objectives by spreading harvest over a wide range of sizes and removing some of the surplus spawning stock,” Barnard said. More information on Red Lake fishing regulations are available at mndnr.gov/regulations/fishing.
SOURCE: Minnesota DNR
740,000 catchable size trout stocking underway
MADISON, WI - Stocking trucks are rolling from state fish hatcheries now and will deliver about 740,000 catchable-size trout to inland waters in time for opening day of the 2018 regular inland trout season. A total of 275,000 rainbow, 200,000 brown, 215,000 brook and 50,000 lake trout will be stocked in more than 400 waters by May 5, according to Jeff Mosher, Department of Natural Resources fish production manager. "Gear up Wisconsin! Fish hauling trucks will be coming to publicly accessible waterbodies near you in time for the May fifth opener," Mosher said. "We're glad to be able to provide exciting fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages, and we thank you for your continued support in making Wisconsin one of America's best fishing destinations!" The fish to be stocked out were raised at Nevin Fish Hatchery, Osceola Fish Hatchery and St. Croix Falls Hatchery. A complete list of 2018 inland waters expected to receive catchable trout can be found by visiting the DNR website, and searching "Catchable Trout." Additional fish were raised and are being stocked through cooperative rearing agreements with fishing clubs. About 70,000 fish will be stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes and ponds cooperatively managed with the local municipality and used as a place for fishing clinics and kids fishing. Many urban waters have no length limits and a special season for juveniles 15 years of age and younger as well as certain disabled anglers. For 2018, the special season started March 10, and runs through April 27. These waters also have a daily bag limit of three trout, one gamefish and 10 panfish. For details, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "Fishing Regulations" and look under Urban and Community Fishing.
SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR
Fish survey results, forecasts help plan fishing trips
MADISON, WI - Anglers planning their fishing trips for the general hook and line fishing season that opens statewide May 5, can get a line on where to go in 2018, in The Wisconsin Fishing Report. The publication is available online and in hard copy at Department of Natural Resources service centers and in the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. It's full of great information and "where to fish" recommendations from fisheries biologists from around the state, according to Karl Scheidegger, Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist, who coordinates the report and fisheries outreach efforts. "Sometime an angler's most difficult question to answer is 'Where's my next fishing adventure?'" The Wisconsin Fishing Report can help them answer that question," Scheidegger said. The report features forecasts by species turned in by DNR fisheries biologists for many popular waters in their area. The forecasts contain a mixture of recent fish survey results revealing species abundance and fish size, descriptions of habitat projects benefiting fish populations and anglers, reminders on new rules and lots of photos of the impressive fish caught during DNR fisheries assessments and released for anglers' to enjoy pursuing. Download the entire 20-page tabloid style newspaper or check out the individual species forecasts online. Go to dnr.wi.gov and search "fishing report." People subscribing now to the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine will also receive a copy of The Wisconsin Fishing Report bound within the spring issue. The magazine is available for $8.97 per year. Subscribe at 1-800-678-9472 or online at wnrmag.com.