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You'll need a map to fish northern pike in Minnesota once fishing season opens on May 12. New northern pike regulations take effect opening day, and the limits vary across three northern pike zones that have been established by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In northern Minnesota, U.S. Highway 53 separates the Northeast Zone from the North-Central Zone. A third zone covers the southern part of the state.
Walleye fishing has been challenging on Lake Winnibigoshish in recent years as a result of changes in the lake, say fisheries officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The DNR will hold a meeting on March 20 to discuss what's happening on the destination walleye and perch lake near Deer River. The open-house meeting will be held from 7-10 p.m. March 20 at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, 413 S.E. 13th St. in Grand Rapids. The meeting will begin with a short presentation of data and include time for questions.
• Now through May 4 — Wisconsin early inland catch-and-release trout season. • March 31 — Brule River steelhead opener. • April 14 — Minnesota stream trout in streams opener. • May 5 — Wisconsin general fishing opener; Wisconsin largemouth bass season opener, north zone; Wisconsin inland trout opener. • May 5 to June 15 — Wisconsin smallmouth bass catch-and-release season opener (northern zone).
A biting east wind whipped across Lake Superior on this March afternoon. A half-dozen hardy Kamloops rainbow trout anglers, bundled against the cold, stood on shore near the mouth of the French River and watched their rod tips for the telltale sign of a bite. Small waves rolled against the cobblestone and bedrock shoreline. Hundreds of domino-sized shards of ice sloshed in each incoming wave. Mark McDonell of Duluth had been fishing since sunrise, he said. He had caught one Kamloops rainbow. Another angler passed him, headed for his car.
The clear waters of Nebagamon Creek flow into Wisconsin's legendary blue-ribbon trout stream, the Bois Brule River. The creek and river are used by steelhead, brown trout, brook trout and salmon. But there's trouble on Nebagamon Creek about 4½ miles upstream from its confluence with the Brule. A long-abandoned railroad grade and culvert in the Town of Brule is slowly decomposing. Already its downstream concrete wings have collapsed into the creek, partially blocking its flow. But that isn't what worries Dennis Pratt most.
I'm torn. I've been thinking a fair bit lately about a couple of upcoming trips to the canoe country. Lake trout in May. Walleyes in June. We've made these trips for years now. I can tell you exactly where we'll camp most nights, where and how we'll fish.
Fisheries officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expect to make a decision soon about future management of rainbow trout in Lake Superior. The agency is considering four management options after a recent genetics study confirmed interbreeding between stocked Kamloops rainbow trout and a different rainbow strain called steelhead, which reproduce in the wild but are supplemented with fry stocking. Fry are tiny, recently hatched fish.
The deadline to remove fish houses from lakes in Minnesota is approaching quickly. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding anglers that fish houses must be removed by the end of the day Monday south of an east-west line formed by U.S. Highway 10, east along Minnesota Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. The deadline to remove fish houses from lakes north of that line is the end of the day on March 19.
• Now through May 4 — Wisconsin early inland catch-and-release trout season. • March 31 — Brule River steelhead opener. • April 14 — Minnesota stream trout in streams opener. • May 5 — Wisconsin general fishing opener; Wisconsin largemouth bass season opener, north zone; Wisconsin inland trout opener. • May 5 to June 15 — Wisconsin smallmouth bass catch-and-release bass season opener (northern zone).
RED CLIFF — Already, this February day in the Apostle Islands had provided a lot of lake trout action. Four- and five-pounders, plus a few smaller fish for the frying pan. This was a day off for Iron River fishing guide Josh Teigen. He guides winter anglers four or five days a week, and often goes prospecting new areas when he's not guiding. A couple of buddies he has known since childhood — John Darwin and Acorn Armagost, both of Iron River — had joined him on this outing.