DNR unveils summer walleye rules for Mille Lacs Lake

State-licensed anglers will have the opportunity to harvest a walleye 21-23 inches in length or greater than 28 inches throughout the 2023 open water season on Mille Lacs Lake. A lower walleye harvest this winter and an improving walleye population are combining to allow this year’s more liberal regulations.

As context for the 2023 summer walleye regulations, Brad Parsons, fisheries section manager for the MN DNR said “The lake has been in a state of change since the 1990s. As the water started to clear, we began seeing warmer water temperatures. Change continues with the introduction of invasive species such as zebra mussel and spiny water flea.”

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2nd Tier developments discussed at MN COLA’s September Membership meeting

Trying to stuff ten pounds of something into a two-pound bag? That’s the approach of 2nd Tier Developers. Continuing on with MN COLA’s focus on Lake Resiliency, attorney Tim Keane discusses the impacts of 2nd Tier developments on lakes and rivers. Tim describes what they are and why you should care.

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Starry stonewort infestation prevented by watercraft inspector

Vigilant DNR watercraft inspectors prevented the introduction of starry stonewort to Lake Superior, which is currently not known to be infested with the harmful invasive species.

A DNR watercraft inspector saw what appeared to be grass in the motor intake of a boat whose owner approached the Agate Bay public water access to Lake Superior in Lake County. Upon closer examination, the inspector noticed the small star-shaped bulbils that indicate starry stonewort. The boat owner said the boat had been on Bowen Lake in Cass County the previous weekend. Starry stonewort was confirmed on Bowen Lake in August. The inspector used the decontamination station on site to ensure the invasive species was removed before the boat entered Lake Superior.

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U of MN’s Wake Research team completes their on-water work for Phase II

The St. Anthony Falls Lab team prepared this update as of mid-November 2022 following completion of their on-water work for Phase II studying the propeller wash produced by common recreational motor boats found on Minnesota lakes, including wakesurf boats.

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MN COLA Membership Meeting

Join us at our Membership meeting to find out what’s happening in St. Paul related to our priorities and take in the next session on Lake Resiliency.

Click on this Registration Link anytime before the meeting. The Zoom link for the meeting itself will be provided following registration. You will also receive an email from Zoom with the meeting link and more details.

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