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DNR Fish and Wildlife Almanac

Web posted May 12, 2020
Leave deer fawns alone, urges DNR
Contact: Barbara Keller, big game program leader, 651-259-5198.

Deer fawns are being born this time of year and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asks that people avoid disturbing or touching them.

Most fawns are born in mid-May to mid-June, and fawns do not attempt to evade predators during their first few weeks of life. Instead, they remain still to avoid being seen. During these times, fawns are learning critical survival skills from their mothers but are often left on their own while their mothers are foraging nearby. Be assured deer fawns are fine even if they look abandoned or fragile.

For more information about what to do if you find fawns or other species of baby wild animals, visit the DNR website.

Regional fishing reports available from DNR in preparation for opener
Contacts: Henry Drewes, DNR northwest region fisheries manager, 218-308-2633; Chris Kavanaugh, northeast region fisheries manager, 218-328- 8832; Brian Nerbonne, central region fisheries manager, 651-259-5789; or Jack Lauer, southwest region fisheries manager, 507-359-6047.

Anglers looking for local information before the Saturday, May 9 fishing opener for walleye, bass, northern pike and trout in lakes can gain local knowledge from regional fishing reports by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The regional fishing reports include details about local waters throughout each region, and can be found on the DNR website.

Reminder: Mississippi River border waters fishing regulations changed in March
Contact: Kevin Stauffer, DNR area fisheries supervisor in Lake City, 651-299-4032.

Anglers on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border waters of the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin should be aware of new possession and length limits for a variety of fish in place since March. The regulation changes represented the first comprehensive update of regulations on the Mississippi River border waters in nearly 70 years. These and the rest of the 2020 Minnesota fishing regulations are available on the DNR website.

Removing lake plants could require a permit
Contact: Shane McBride, DNR aquatic plant management consultant, 651-259-5092.

Lakeshore property owners are reminded that a permit may be required to remove aquatic plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Aquatic plants provide food and shelter for fish, ducks and other wildlife. They also stabilize the lake bottom, which helps maintain water clarity, and protect  shorelines from erosion by absorbing energy from waves and ice.

The DNR frequently receives questions about devices that generate water current to blast muck and plants away. They have various trade names, but the DNR refers to these devices generically as hydraulic jets. Even though you can buy one, they cannot be used in any way that disturbs the bottom of the lake or uproots plants.

Specific regulations govern what situations require permits for aquatic plant removal. Regulations and a guide to aquatic plants can be found on the DNR website. To apply for a permit, visit the DNR’s permitting and reporting system.

DNR posts routine, seasonal fishing closures
Contact: Shannon Fisher, fisheries monitoring and regulations manager, 651-259-5206.

As in previous years, to protect spawning fish, the Department of Natural Resources has begun to close certain portions of some Minnesota waters to fishing. These closings are routine and based on local conditions. Closings occur each year as iceout begins and waters begin to warm.

The DNR closes spawning locations to fishing only where habitat is limited and fish are very concentrated in one location, such as a river or the bay of a lake where fish are congregated during spawning. Areas closed to fishing are listed and updated on the DNR website.

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