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Minnesota State Parks Offer Free Fishing

Minnesota State Parks have taken another step to encourage fishing – people are now able to fish from the shore without a license. Other regulations still apply, such as size and number. Many state parks…


DNR Removes Public Access of 640 Miles of Streams

Due to an error made in the 1980s, the DNR has removed the Public Status of 640 miles of Minnesota waterways.  It was discovered the land was given public access without any notification to landowners. The…


Fisher Ties his Own State Catfish Record

On May 15th, Shakopee resident Jake Robinson caught a flathead catfish in the Minnesota River that ties the state record – a record he set back in June of 2016. The fish comes in at…


Minnesota Deer Population Rebounds

Thanks to relatively mild winters and hunting restrictions, Minnesota’s deer population is up – which could mean more hunting opportunities this fall. While no specific changes have been made, the DNR’s Big Game Program Leader…


This Weekend is Take a Kid Fishing Weekend

This weekend, June 9th-11th, adults in Minnesota are encouraged to ‘Take a Kid Fishing.’ Anglers are able to fish without a license as long as they have a child 15 years or younger with them,…


Increase in State Record Fish Applications

The Minnesota DNR has seen a bump in record fish applications so far this season. The DNR said it has received five applications for four species – the most it’s seen in such a short period.…


Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Twins Team Up

The Minnesota DNR has announced a giveaway partnership with the Minnesota Twins. For the May 27th and June 18th Twins game, any one with a Minnesota Fishing or Hunting license can purchase a ticket offer…


Beaver Islands provide a unique canoe adventure in the heart of St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – From the shore, the current looks downright scary. Just a long punt downriver from St. Cloud’s city-owned dam, which is directly in front of St. Cloud State University’s football stadium, the…


Bear Hunt Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for bear hunting licenses through May 5th wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, or online and by phone. There is a $5 application fee. Licenses will be awarded via lottery,…


Burning Restrictions Are In Effect

Spring burning restrictions for Minnesota began last Friday in central MN, and more counties will soon follow. During this ban, the DNR will not pass out burning permits. Campfires less than 3 feet in diameter…


Silver Carp Caught in St. Croix River

The DNR has confirmed that a silver carp was caught on the St. Croix River near Prescott on March 16th. While the DNR is concerned about the invasive species and the St. Croix, they note…


Lake Mille Lacs Walleye Closure

The Minnesota DNR has announced a new restriction for fishing this summer on Lake Mille Lacs. In July, there will be a 21 day walleye closure on the lake from July 7th-27th. Anglers will still…


U of M Researchers May Have Solution for Clean Water

University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources researchers may have found a way to remove mercury and other toxins from bodies of water. It’s called the ‘super sponge’ and it works exactly…


All the 2017 Fishing Dates You Need to Know

Get ready to spend a lot of time on the water. Here is a list of dates for all Minnesota fishing seasons.  


DNR Announces Additions for State Parks and Trails

Two campgrounds, more bison and a new water trail have all been added by the Minnesota State Parks and Trails for 2017. The new campgrounds will be located at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park in NE Minnesota…


Minnesota Moose Population Stabilizing

The Minnesota DNR announced Monday that the moose population in the state is relatively stabilized, after years of  declining. There were an estimated 3,710 moose in a recent aerial survey, compared to 4,020 a year ago.…


Push for Open Wolf Season Being Made

Minnesota Congressmen Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan have started a push to allow an open hunting season on grey wolves in Minnesota. The bill proposed would remove federal regulations stating that wolves may only be killed…


DNR Releases New App to Help with Groundwater Research

The Minnesota DNR has released a new app for Andriod, iOS and Windows that will allow people to report locations of springs in the state. By allowing the public to report on where they’ve seen…


Mille Lacs Bass Limit to Drop

Beginning in May, the bass limit on Lake Mille Lacs will drop from 4 to 3. The DNR is doing this to aid in preserving the bass population on the lake. Read the article here.


Planning Begins on Border to Border Off-Road Trail

Public meetings have begun on Minnesota’s first Border to Border off-road vehicle trail. The 400 mile trail would run across the northern part of the state. The DNR is holding meetings in multiple counties for…


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