DNR sets open houses on changes in special pike regs

The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled open houses from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at four locations in northwest Minnesota to take input and provide information about why it dropped special northern pike regulations on 15 lakes.

Among those 15 lakes were Campbell Lake in Beltrami County, Cotton and Big Floyd lakes in Becker County, Lake Louise in Cass County and Lake Latoka in Douglas County. In a news release, the DNR said it dropped the regulations this past November as the result of legislative action that restricted the agency to 100 lakes with special or experimental pike regulations.

The DNR dropped 15 lakes where biologists felt the regulations were least likely to achieve management goals or were connected to larger lakes with special pike regulations. The DNR used its emergency rule-making process to drop the regulations but must gather additional public comment to make the change permanent.

Open houses in the DNR’s Northwest region are set for the following locations:

Bemidji: Area fisheries headquarters, 2114 Bemidji Ave.; (218) 308-2330.

Detroit Lakes: Area fisheries headquarters, 14583 County Highway 19; (218) 846-8340.

Walker: Area fisheries headquarters, 7316 State Highway 371 N.W.; (218) 547-1683.

Glenwood: Area fisheries headquarters, 23070 N. Lakeshore Drive; (320) 634-4573.

Written comments or phone comments also can be submitted by contacting the appropriate area office by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Public comments also will be accepted during an open house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at the DNR central office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.

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