The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold two public meetings this fall to discuss proposals for changing fishing regulations on four east metro lakes.
On Monday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., the public is invited to the Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N., to discuss a proposal to change the regulation for largemouth bass on Turtle Lake in Ramsey County. The current regulation requires anyone catching a largemouth bass on Turtle Lake to immediately release it. The DNR is proposing to switch to a regulation that would allow people to keep largemouth bass up to 14 inches in length, with the option of harvesting one trophy fish over 20 inches. This would provide added opportunities for anglers to keep fish, while also likely increasing average fish size.
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m., DNR will hold another public meeting at the Stillwater Public Library in the Margaret Rivers B Room, 224 3rd St. N., to discuss similar changes in the largemouth bass regulations on Olson and Demontreville lakes in Washington County.
The Stillwater meeting also will include information about a proposal to remove a special regulation requiring the release of northern pike between 24 and 36 inches on Big Carnelian Lake in Washington County. Put into effect in 2003, the special regulation (known as a “protected slot limit”) was aimed at producing larger northern pike in Big Carnelian, but it has not proven effective.
People who can’t attend the public meetings but who still wish to weigh in on the proposed regulation changes can contact DNR’s east metro fisheries office at 651-259-5831, or by email at email@example.com.