Kvalevog to guide lieutenant governor in Governor’s Fishing Opener

A couple of outdoorsy nuggets for you on this Friday:

Toby Kvalevog, a UND goalie in the 1990s, will guide Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon during the May 10 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener in the Brainerd Lakes Area. A Bemidji High School grad, Kvalevog is an eighth-grade physical education teacher at Forestview Middle School in Brainerd also is a fishing guide. Ray Gildow, a renowned fishing guide in the Brainerd area, will guide Gov. Mark Dayton for the Governor’s Opener event.

And this item from the online syndicated Fishing Wire:

The Minnesota state Senate on Monday approved a measure that would rename the undesirable Asian carp to “invasive carp.” It’s a response to concern that the current term casts people from Asian cultures in a negative light.

Senators added the proposal to a larger bill that governs Minnesota natural-resource use. The legislation will return to the Minnesota House, where it passed earlier this month without the name change.

Champlin, Minn., Democrat John Hoffman said on the Senate floor that referring to the fish as “Asian” was hurtful to some people.

Still lots of ice on the big northern Minnesota lakes

With the May 10 Minnesota walleye opener less than three weeks away, the lingering question among anglers and others with an interest in the big event is whether the ice is going to be off the lakes by opening day.

Satellite photo of Lake of the Woods (top) and Upper and Lower Red lakes taken Tuesday.

In the northern half of the state, it’s going to be a long shot, methinks.

The attached photo shows a satellite view of Lake of the Woods and Upper and Lower Red lakes taken Tuesday. As the Lake of the Woods image at the top shows, the Rainy River now is open through the channel in Four-Mile Bay, but the rest of the big lake remains locked in ice.

Ditto for Upper and Lower Red lakes. There appears to be some open water in the narrows between the two lakes, and the Tamarack River that flows into Upper Red at Waskish, Minn., is open but ice dominates the horizon on both bodies of water.

If I was a betting man, I’d put money on Lake of the Woods still having ice on opening day. There probably won’t be enough for ice fishing — as a group of us did off Graceton Beach in 1996 — but there’ll certainly be large patches of ice floating around.

Last year, the ice on Lake of the Woods and Upper Red went out on May 15. Will it be just as late this year? Stay tuned.

DNR, MDHA ‘listening sessions’ include March 24 meeting in Bemidji

The Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association have announced the dates for their statewide “listening sessions,” and the meeting for northwest Minnesota is set for 7 to 9 p.m. March 24 in the Lumberjack Room of  Bemidji High School, 2900 W. Division St.

The listening sessions are open to all deer hunters.

“We’ve been hearing that deer numbers are too low and this year’s severe winter is exacerbating those concerns in many regions of the state,” said Leslie McInenly, DNR big game program leader. “These listening sessions will give deer hunters and the general public an opportunity to communicate directly with DNR staff who make deer management decisions.”

“Deer populations and health are important to MDHA members and all deer hunters,” said Mark Johnson, MDHA executive director. “We’re pleased to be able to offer these meetings so people regardless of their affiliation or interest can express their opinions on deer populations.”

Besides the Bemidji meeting, other listening sessions are scheduled in the following locations, all from 7 to 9 p.m.:

Brainerd: Wednesday, March 19, Central Lakes Community College, 501 West College Drive.

Cambridge: Thursday, March 20, Anoka Ramsey Community College, 300 Spirit River Drive South, rooms G201 and G202.

Morris: Tuesday, March 25, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 Minnesota Highway 329, Ag Country Auditorium.

Nicollet: Thursday, March 2, Nicollet Conservation Club, 46045 471st Lane.

Virginia: Tuesday, April 1, Mesabi Range College, 1001 Chestnut St. West, auditorium.

The DNR also will be accepting online comments beginning Wednesday, March 19, at mndnr.gov/deer.