DNR Holding Meeting About Northern Pike Regulations for Mitchell Lake, Crow Wing County

A press release from the Minnesota DNR says that there will be an open house to discuss the possible northern pike restrictions on Mitchell Lake- just North of Fifty Lakes.

The first open house will be on Sept. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Brainerd DNR Office, 1601 Minnesota Drive. The second open house will be on Sept. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Rd, St. Paul.  No formal presentation will be made, but it will be a great opportunity to get questions answered and offer your input with plenty of DNR staff on hand.

The proposed regulation is a 24- to 36-inch protected slot limit and with a possession limit of three fish with only one over 36 inches allowed, which is quite a bit different than the 1 over 40 inch rule in play right now.  Here’s part of what the press release says from the DNR:

This regulation would allow harvest of smaller northern pike while protecting medium to large pike that are present in Mitchell, but are rare in other waterbodies in the area.

“This proposed 24- to 36-inch protected slot regulation has been successful in the Mission and Rabbit lakes in Crow Wing County,” said Marc Bacigalupi, DNR Brainerd area fisheries supervisor.  “We look forward to talking with anglers about their experiences on Mitchell Lake.  These public meetings provide an opportunity to exchange information and give us input that may not be represented in our lake surveys.”

You can submit comments through October 4th on this regulation to Marc Bacigalupi, area fisheries supervisor, DNR Brainerd area fisheries, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd, MN  56401, or sent by email to brainerd.fisheries@state.mn.us.