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DNR to discuss Winnie changes

BEMIDJI -- The DNR’s area fisheries office in Grand Rapids, Minn., will hold an open house from 7 to 10 p.m. March 20 to discuss historic and recent changes in Lake Winnibigoshish.

The meeting will be held at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, 413 13th St. SE, Grand Rapids.

The meeting will begin with a short presentation of data and include time for questions.

Known as “Winnie,” for short, Lake Winnibigoshish is a destination fishery for walleye and yellow perch. Fisheries biologists will share data about changes in fish populations, and the impacts of exotic species and regulations.  

“Like many walleye populations, walleye numbers on Winnie have gone through periods of ups and downs over time. Presently, the fishery is going through one of the down periods,” said Gerry Albert, DNR large lake specialist, in a release. “We’re investigating whether recent changes are a normal part of walleye biology on Winnie, or if something has changed in the system.”

The meeting is not a regulation review meeting, and no special fishing regulation changes are being proposed. Interested parties are invited to attend the meeting, review current biological data, and provide input regarding Lake Winnibigoshish management.

For more information, contact the Grand Rapids Area Fisheries office at (218) 328-8836, or Gerry Albert, Lake Winnibigoshish large lake specialist, at