Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Anglers and spearers pursuing northern pike this winter can prepare for new pike regulations that will be in effect for the spring fishing opener on Minnesota’s inland waters. “Pike regulations remain the same this winter, with major changes coming this spring,” said Chris Kavanaugh, northeast region fisheries manager. “As anglers continue fishing for pike, we encourage them to get used to measuring their catches and even consider keeping some of the smaller ones in the north-central part of the state.”
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 17 parcels by public oral bid auctions in December. Information about each parcel and the parcel’s auction location are listed under Parcels for Sale on the DNR’s land sale webpage. Please carefully review the parcel information and Instructions for Oral Bid Auction and Terms and Conditions of Sale.
A 30-foot-tall white spruce, selected as the state’s official Christmas tree, was cut down Friday, Nov. 17 in the General C.C. Andrews State Forest, near Willow River. The tree was scheduled to be set up at the governor’s residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul, around 9 a.m., today, Monday, Nov. 20. The tree will be lit Monday, Nov. 27.
A portion of the Paul Bunyan State Trail, located 2.5 miles south of the town of Guthrie in Hubbard County, will close Monday, June 26, to allow a private contractor to replace an 8-foot diameter culvert under the trail. The trail segment is expected to reopen by early to mid-October. “At this location, the culvert replacement does not allow for a safe alternate trail route,” said Dave Schotzko, Parks and Trails area supervisor in Bemidji. ”Trail users are advised to plan accordingly.”
Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears. “Leaving food out in yards that can be eaten by bears can lead to property damage and presents dangers to bears,” said Eric Nelson, wildlife animal damage program supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Pet food, livestock feed, birdseed, compost or garbage can attract bears.”
The bald eagles featured on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' EagleCam have their first chick of 2017. The egg hatched today Thursday, March 9, and the second egg has a pip (scientific term for the hole the chick makes with its egg tooth on the end of its beak) that is getting larger. There might be three chicks by the weekend! Biologists were concerned that the first egg might not hatch, as it was left in the cold for quite some time immediately after hatching. The pair has proven they have this incubation thing under control.
A waterfall that famously “disappears” into a hole at Judge C.R. Magney State Park near Grand Marais actually soon re-enters the river from underground, according to new research. In fall 2016, hydrologists from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found nearly identical volumes of water flowing both above the Devil’s Kettle waterfall and below it. Above the waterfall, stream gauges measured the flow of the Brule River at 123 cubic feet per second. Below the waterfall, gauges detected 121 feet per second.
The recent discovery of a non-native aquatic plant in Minnesota is a reminder that people should always dispose of aquarium or water garden plants or animals appropriately – not by releasing them into the environment.
A special chronic wasting disease 16-day deer hunt in southeastern Minnesota concluded Jan. 15 with one additional case of the disease found among hundreds tested. Now, landowner shooting permits take effect in an attempt to further lower the deer population in the area and stop the disease from spreading.
It’s official – a Minnesota resident holds the state record for a fish species with a much maligned appearance and many names including freshwater ling, lawyer, eelpout and burbot. Brent Getzler of Roosevelt is the new record holder of a 19-pound, 10-ounce burbot taken from the Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods.