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OutdoorMN News - DNR seeks comments on walleye regulations for Minnewawa and Horseshoe lakes in Aitkin County

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Anglers interested in walleye regulations on Lake Minnewawa and Horseshoe Lake, near McGregor can attend an open house hosted by the Department of Natural Resources this fall.

The first open house will be on Sept. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Rd, St. Paul.

The second open house will be on Oct. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Aitkin DNR Office, 1200 Minnesota Ave. S., Aitkin.

Fisheries staff will provide background information, answer questions, and take public input on the future of experimental and special regulations on these waters, which may be modified, extended or dropped.

Currently, walleye angling on both lakes is subject to the statewide six fish limit, with one allowed over 20 inches in possession.

Historically, the walleye population on both lakes had been self-sustaining, with natural reproduction maintaining a good fishery since 1982.  However, poor recruitment in the late 2000s led to a change in management. Walleye fry were stocked each year from 2011 to 2018. Walleye numbers rebounded to historic levels resulting in a resurgence of walleye angling. But the increased fishing pressure raised concerns that the population could return to a depressed condition. The current regulation proposal is for a three fish limit, with one allowed over 20 inches in possession.

“Based on egg deposition checks conducted with the help of the Lake Minnewawa Association, there appears to be a good amount of spawning occurring around the lake,” said Aitkin area fisheries supervisor Rick Bruesewitz. “This bodes well for future natural reproduction and walleye management.”

He added, “The three fish limit is intended to reduce exploitation during those really good fishing years and moderate the harvest. The slightly reduced mortality will also help to maintain adequate spawners for the future.”

Comments on these regulations can also be mailed to Rick Bruesewitz, area fisheries supervisor, DNR Aitkin area fisheries, 1200 Minnesota Ave. S., Aitkin, MN  56431, or sent by email to [email protected].  Comments will be accepted through Oct. 18.

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    • Bigfatbert
      Just curious how many people would like to see this site and this post to pass on a a public service to all during these trying times as we are all in this together !   at a time when so many businesses are pitching in and using their business to help out during these trying times wouldn’t it be nice if that could be done here as maybe a way to get the word out , give tips or ways to help out our brothers and neighbors during these trying times . I’m sure any help would be appreciated .    It would really be sad to see this post  removed by a moderator ..  
    • Bigfatbert
      So great to read this , how so very caring and thoughtful you truly are . thank you for posting this ray guy ! Your fishing buddies are so lucky to have you as their friend and fishing partner . 
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    • IceHawk
      I know where your coming from always on the water well before sunrise and usally of by 10 or so.  My  buddies always say we know your off the lake and the boats loded as soon as we see the first jet ski or water skier. 😀 Problem so many are so inconsiderate now a days. They see I'm walleye fishing and its like a game to go right by me when they have the whole open part of the lake to tear up. 😡 
    • smurfy
      Poachers caught and more poachers caught by Tom Chapin. Alot of them happened within 60-70 miles of our cabin.
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      I hear ya on fishing locally. I only like big water, not for the fish but because I get tired of going round & round like a NASCAR. Also have a very low tolerance for jet ski's, water skiers, speed boats.   Fishing is just something I do while on the water, not the reason I go.
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