Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Minn.

Aug. 7, 2000

Hunting regulations booklet signals that fall is near

The fishing has slowed, the days are getting shorter (an hour less of daylight since June), and the thoughts of many outdoor enthusiasts are slowly changing from the sunshine and angling seasons of summer to the crisp, cool nights and hunting seasons of fall.

To Minnesotans, a customary sign of this slow and gradual change is the publication of the Department of Natural Resources' hunting and trapping regulations handbook. The 2000 version was distributed to area license vendors last week.

The handbook details season dates and bag limits, summarizes a host of regulations including new ones for the upcoming year, and includes a pothole full of information that all hunters need to know for the upcoming season.

The 2000 handbook is about 130 pages long, includes a big game permit area map, sunrise and sunset tables, a few advertisements, and highlights of new regulations are listed on page 2.

Please grab a few copies of the handbook and read and review it thoroughly. It's a great way to get yourself prepared, because soon, the transformation of summer to fall will be complete and the hunting seasons will be in full swing.

Area lakes fishing report

Hot weather and pick-through sunnies have been the standard for local anglers in the last week or so.

According to reports, the panfish are hitting hard on many of the lakes in the area. But, it's about a one in 10 average. That means, for every 10 fish caught, one is big enough to keep. The other nine are little worm snatchers that go back into the lake.

Lakes providing the best action include Big Waverly, Howard, Eagle, Granite, Clearwater, and Mary.

Joe's Sport Shop in Howard Lake reported: It's been too hot, the dog days of summer are here, and on Howard, the only fish hitting are small panfish. The best action has come from the north end.

Other reports have action on Mille Lacs being good on walleyes for this time of year. Stella is producing small walleyes, and a few lakes are giving up bass along deep weed edges.

Outdoor notes

  • National Hunting and Fishing Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 23. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the event.
  • Get a copy of the 2000 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook and plan your fall hunting trips now.
  • For sunfish, head to the deep outside edge of the weedline and fish with small leeches. Leeches always seem to be the best bait for bigger sunnies at this time of year.
  • Now is the time to start getting your dog in shape for the upcoming hunting seasons. It's a good idea not to work dogs on hot days or during the mid-afternoon.
  • The Winsted Sportsmen's Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Mary Clubhouse. Raffle tickets for the fall will handed out and arrangements made for the Winsted Legion Days parade.
  • The water level on the Crow River has stabilized a bit and the angling has picked up.
  • Look for big sales on outdoor equipment at various retails outlets very soon. The first sales on archery equipment already started last week.

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