Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz
Herald Journal

March 8, 2004

More information about Lake Ann

After additional testing of the oxygen levels on Lake Ann, it appears that aeration will not be needed due to several reasons.

These reasons are as follows:

– The mild weather over the past month.

– The melt down, and run off has reoxygenated the lake.

– The fact that less snow cover has allowed the sun to penetrate to what plant life is available.

According the latest tests, the oxygen levels have gone up in the lake.

Commercial fisherman seined carp on Lake Ann

Several weeks ago, a commercial fisherman was out on Lake Ann to sein carp out of the lake.

They were very successful in their catch, netting 35,000 pounds of carp, as well as 800 pounds of Buffalo fish, and 1,500 pounds of bullheads.

This was done to help alleviate the declining oxygen levels.

If you are out on the lake in the coming days and weeks, take caution as there are some larger holes (marked) on the north end of the lake, where they were working.

Mistaking a swan for a goose is costly

From the DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) cautions hunters not to mistake a swan for a snow goose during the spring light goose harvest that takes place Monday, March 1 to Friday, April 30.

The cost of mistaking a swan for a goose is high in Minnesota.

People who shoot swans face stiff fines up to $700, confiscation of their shotguns, restitution charges of $1,000 for a trumpeter swan, and possible loss of their waterfowl hunting privileges for three years.

To avoid accidentally shooting a swan, hunters need to know the differences in both size and markings between protected swans and legal snow geese.

Swans can have a wingspan up to eight feet across, and are three to four times the size of a snow goose.

The all-white adult swans and the light gray young swans (cygnets) are much larger than geese and have necks equal to their body lengths.

The much smaller snow goose has distinctive black wing tips and its neck is half of its body length.

Trumpeter swans do not migrate in large flocks like snow geese; they usually travel in family groups of two to 10 birds.

Swans will normally be seen as pairs of adults, or family groups of two large all-white adults with several large light gray young birds.

In contrast, geese usually travel in larger flocks of up to 100 birds.

According to Steve Kittelson, DNR trumpeter swan restoration project leader, nine trumpeter swans were shot during the last fall’s waterfowl hunting season. Kittelson said, “One individual ticketed for shooting a trumpeter swan stated he was sure that he shot a Canada goose, not a trumpeter swan.”

The trumpeter swan is a threatened species that disappeared from Minnesota in the 1880s.

Restoration efforts of the DNR’s non-game wildlife program and others have helped bring their population back to more than 1,500 adult swans and about 400 young of the year.

Swans can now be found in family groups concentrated in areas near Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids, Brainerd, the Twin Cities, and south-central Minnesota.

Kittelson noted, however, that due to the start of the spring migration and their increased numbers, trumpeter swans may be found in areas where they were never seen before.

To learn more about identifying swans, visit the DNR’s non-game wildlife program at

Two new state record fish officially recognized

From the DNR

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officially recognize two new state record fish at an awards ceremony Saturday at the Northwest SportsShow being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

On April 26, 2003, then 10-year-old Travis Lundquist of International Falls caught a state-record three pound, 14 ounce golden redhorse sucker - two days after his father, Gerald, landed the state-record 9 pound, 1.5 ounce silver redhorse sucker.

The fish were caught in the Bigfork and Rainy rivers, respectively.

State record holders will receive a plaque and certificate acknowledging their accomplishment from DNR Commissioner Gene Merriam at the awards ceremony, said Jenifer Matthees, aquatic education coordinator for the DNR Division of Fisheries.

“Catching a big fish is so exciting and usually requires exceptional fishing skill,” Matthees said. “This is our way of recognizing the anglers who break a state record.”

The DNR has been maintaining a list of state-record fish since 1980.

To qualify for a state record, anglers must have their fish weighed on a certified scale witnessed by two observers, have the fish positively identified at a DNR Fisheries Section office and complete a notarized application with a photo of the fish.

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