Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz
Herald Journal

August 7, 2006

Become a Crow River volunteer

On Sat., Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon you and your family and friends have the opportunity to help clean up the Crow River and its tributaries.

Over the past two years this project has been a great success, having removed over 15 tons of garbage from the river.

Stoves, engines, tires, and trash of all kinds has been removed through the help of volunteers like you.

For information about starting up or participating in a clean up in your community contact Diane Sander at (763) 682-1933, ext. 3.

Winsted chapter DU banquet Sept. 12

The 23rd annual Winsted Chapter Ducks Unlimited Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Blue Note Ballroom in Winsted.

Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program to follow at 7:30 p.m.

The cost of the banquet is $45 and includes a one-year membership to Ducks Unlimited, a one-year subscription to Ducks Unlimited Magazine, a chance at various door prizes, and the banquet dinner.

To be eligible for D.U.’s early bird prize drawing of a Savage .17 cal. rifle, your registration form must be returned by Friday, Aug. 25.

Some of the featured items that will be available for auction include D.U. Sponsor Framed Print of the Year; D.U. Commemorative Shotgun; a variety of framed wildlife prints, carvings, and guns; and many other D.U. products.

To register for the banquet contact either Dale Gatz at (320) 485-4274 or the Blue Note at (320) 485-9698.

Keg’s Bar Fishing League

Bass & Walleye
Week 11 - Waverly Lake
Results
1. Mike and Kim Moy
2 bass, 2 walleye 6 lbs. 15 oz.
2. Woody Langenfeld and Dave Fiecke
2 bass 6 lbs. 0 oz.
3. Jon Lambrecht and Brian Hankomp
2 bass 5 lbs. 14 oz.
4. Gus and Thomas Schoenfeld
2 bass, 1 walleye 5 lbs. 3 oz.
5. Marcus and Corey
2 bass 4 lbs. 15 oz.
6. Mark and Jason
2 bass 2 lbs. 9 oz.

Name Pts PtsTotal
Mike Moy 20 158
Kim Moy 20 158
Woody Langenfeld 16 136
Gus Schuenfeld 12 101
Dave Fiecke 16 96
Brian Hankomp 14 91.5
Thomas Schuenfeld 12 90
Marcus 11 101
Corey Zitloff 11 90
Jon Lambrecht 14 108.5
Mike L. DNF 1
Tim Thul DNF 56
Russ C 20 42
Brad 12 21
Al Q. 12 20
Mark 10 74.5
Jason 10 74.5
Carrie L. DNF 12
Russ H. DNF 42
Dave DNF 53
Todd DNF 52
Kyle K. DNF 19
Gaylen DNF 17
Dick L. DNF 20
Steve S. DNF 14
Neil DNF 14
Bonie DNF 28
Brad G. DNF 21
Al Q. DNF 20
Alek DNF 12

To participate, stop in at Keg’s Bar in Winsted, or call (320) 485-4250.

Tournament runs Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Lake is chosen at 3 p.m. on day of fishing. Twelve weeks total with different lake each week.

DNR seeks input of fishing regulations
From the DNR

The Grand Rapids Area Fisheries Office of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled three public open-house informational meetings to gather input on northern pike regulation proposals, muskie regulation proposals, and potential muskie stocking.

Northern pike regulations are being considered on the Bowstring/Sand chain of lakes, Round Lake (near Squaw Lake) and Coon-Sandwick Lake. The proposed regulation on Bowstring, Sand and Round Lake is a 22 to 36 inch protected slot and a daily and possession limit of nine northern pike, only one pike larger than 36 inches may be in possession.

The goal of the regulation is to improve northern pike size characteristics by protecting medium to large size fish while allowing an expanded harvest opportunity for small fish.

The proposed regulation on Coon-Sandwick is a 24 to 36 inch protected slot with one northern pike longer than 36 inches in possession.

There has been an experimental regulation using a different protected slot on Coon-Sandwick since the early 1990’s, which has showed some success at improving size structure.

The change at this time is to simplify the regulation and make it consistent with most other lakes that have special regulations on northern pike.

The meeting to discuss northern pike regulations will be held on Monday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Sand Lake Community Center, located on County Road 4 about 4 miles west of Spring Lake.

The meeting will consist of a brief presentation followed by an open-house format to discuss the proposals with Fisheries staff.

Muskie catch and release regulations are proposed for the Mississippi River below the Blandin Dam and the Prairie River below the Prairie Lake Dam.

There is also a proposal to increase the minimum size limit to 48 inches on Blandin Reservoir, Jay Gould, Little Jay Gould, Pokegama, Blackwater, Little Winnibigoshish, Winnibigoshish, Cut Foot Sioux, Deer, Moose, North Star, and the Big Fork River.

The meeting to discuss muskie regulations will be held on Thursday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Training Room at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) located at 402 11th Street SE, Grand Rapids.

The public comment period began in May and will end ten days after the meeting. “This is not a done deal,” said Chris Kavanaugh, DNR Area Fisheries Supervisor, “the comment period and the meetings are extremely important to us so that we can make the best decision on implementing the regulation on any of the lakes.”

The comments will be reviewed and a decision on implementation will be made by early December. If implemented, the regulations would become effective at the beginning of the 2007 fishing season.

An additional Open House meeting to discuss regulation changes will be held on September 29, 2006, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Blvd, St. Paul. Comments on the proposed regulations for lakes in Itasca County may be directed to Chris Kavanaugh, DNR Area Fisheries, 1201 E Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 or e-mail chris.kavanaugh@dnr.state.mn.us.

Written comments will be accepted until October 9, 2006.

The DNR is also considering a proposal to stock muskies into Pokegama Lake to provide additional angling opportunities and is seeking public input to help make the decision. Muskies are native to the Mississippi River and occasionally caught by anglers in Pokegama.

The lake has adequate prey to support another predator species and the goal is to develop a self-sustaining population capable of producing trophy sized fish while not impacting the other game fish species.

The proposal is to stock muskie fingerlings every other year for nine years (five stockings) beginning when the fish are available. The lake would not be formally designated as a muskie lake so it would remain open to spearing.

This meeting will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2006, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Training Room at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) located at 402 11th Street SE, Grand Rapids.

Comments on this stocking proposal may be directed to Chris Kavanaugh, DNR Area Fisheries, 1201 E Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 or e-mail chris.kavanaugh@dnr.state.mn.us

Outdoor notes

• We got skunked and it wasn’t on the lake either. Last week Ethan and I, my now 2-year-old son, were mowing lawn on a few acres of rural property we own that’s near the south fork of the Crow River.

Of course, our dog Angus was along, doing what he typically does, rutting through the tall grass and chasing geese.

Over the course of the summer Angus has run into rabbits, opossum, raccoon, and a few cats on the property.

This time he ran smack dab into a great big old skunk. Angus did a number on the skunk, but the skunk ended up getting the best of Angus, myself, Ethan, and from the ride home, my truck.

It was a stinky mess and I have a feeling, more of a sense, the skunk is going to be with us for a little while yet.

• Lakes Ramsey, Granite, Waconia, and a few of the western bays of Lake Minnetonka have been producing great sunfish action of late.

Ramsey has been hot for a few years now and a few anglers noted if you’re not at the landing by sunrise it’s difficult to find a place to park.

• At a meeting last week board members of the Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club began the process of planning major improvements to the clubs trapshooting facilities and equipment.

In recent years the club has made major investments and improvements to the clubhouse and other facilities.

Board members are now setting the stage for a renewed long-term commitment to providing trapshooting opportunities for many years to come.

The club currently hosts a Wednesday night practice and trapshooting league April through August for approximately 35 teams and has been providing shooting opportunities for over 30 years.

• The 2006 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations handbook should be available at area license vendors very soon.

• Plan your fall hunting trips now.

• Don’t forget about your .22 rifle, I grew hitting tin cans with a single shot .22 my grandpa had, it was so much fun that I’m still doing it today.

Ammunition is cheep, and it’s a great way to review and practice firearms safety before the fall hunting seasons start.

Plinking with a .22 is also a great to kids involved in shooting, hunting, and the outdoors as well as teaches them all the elements of firearms safety.

• Although our area has gotten some rain in recent weeks many parts of western Minnesota and the Dakotas are extremely dry right now and are facing severe drought conditions.

• Most people are not happy about the dry weather, but it does have benefits.

Mosquitoes have not been horrible this summer and many of our sloughs and wetlands actually need periods of dry weather and very low water levels to remain healthy.

As sloughs or wetlands dry up, they get the chance to reestablish aquatic plants, which benefit many forms of wildlife.

• Very soon, you may be able to purchase your federal duck stamp on line similar to how you can purchase a state duck stamp on line.

• The 2006 Minnesota bear hunting season begins Sept. 1.

• If your looking for place to shoot a pistol or high powered rifle give the Waverly Sportsmen’s Club a call.

• The last weekend of Game Fair at Armstrong Ranch in Anoka is Aug. 11-13.

• Expect pheasant numbers in our area to be pretty good this year, maybe even the highest in the past 40 years.

• The days are getting shorter in a big hurry. Today the sun will rise at 6:05 a.m. and set at 8:32 p.m.

• Take a kid fishing; he or she will have fun and so will you.

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