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Spottail shiners are the go-to baitfish for many Minnesota walleye anglers from the fishing opener through late May into early June, but supplies have been tight this spring.
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Complicating the shortage is a Minnesota DNR requirement that minnow dealers who trap spottail shiners in waters designated as infested with zebra mussels must remove their gear by Monday, May 23.
“Policies or actions that reduce or limit sportsmen activities necessarily implicate wildlife conservation programs by affecting state agencies’ revenue,” the senators wrote in a letter to the federal agency.
Alex Letvin says many lakes in his work area are going through a transition with clearing waters and expanded vegetation. It's a change that naturally benefits fish species like northern pike and largemouth bass. What might that look like for walleye on some of these waters going forward?

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This fishing season, boaters in Beltrami County will notice new boat-cleaning stations at public accesses in the area, with a goal to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species like starry stonewort.
Currently, young people ages 12 to 17 must pass an online boater safety exam through the Department of Natural Resources. Companion bills taken up by the Senate and House this session would increase the age requirement to anyone born on or after July 1, 1987.
Lake of the Woods has risen by 25 inches since early April, the Lake of the Woods Control Board said.
Burning restrictions are now in effect for Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens and Wadena counties.
This fishing season, boaters in Beltrami County will notice new boat-cleaning stations at public accesses in the area, with a goal to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species like starry stonewort.
Bipartisan legislation would empower state, tribal governments to address and prevent CWD outbreaks.

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Agency says move doesn't necessarily signal a final opinion by the administration.
University of Minnesota ecologists, who have spent years studying the life cycle of this unwanted fish in the Rice Creek system, are using that research coupled with new technology including "an electric fence for fish" to remove thousands of carp each spring.
If not for the efforts of The Nature Conservancy and the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society, there might not be prairie chickens left in the state. Their numbers dwindled to a concerning level by the mid-1980s, their habitat ruined by the plow. They are now confined to remnant and restored grasslands in a few counties. One of those is Clay County, close enough to Fargo-Moorhead that before the sun rises over the prairie the lights of the metro glow brightly in the west.

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