s
Subscribe|Advertise|Contact Us|Order Photos

Along the Portage

Along the Portage is the Voyageur's outdoor news section. Here readers find year-round coverage of local hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Regular features include the DNR Question of the Week, and Mike Rahn's "Inside the Outdoors" column. Captivating wildlife photos by local photographers are a special addition to Along the Portage.

 

outdoors photo
Fishing

Recent Headlines

'Protect your waters' on fishing opener and throughout season

DNR Fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

Butterball Lake proposed as state game refuge

MN DNR question of the week

Mille Lacs limit: one walleye

Minnesota State High School Clay Target League

UpNorth ATV ride draws 100-plus riders and perfect day

No New Outdoors

No New Outdoors

AREA CONSERVATION OFFICER REPORTS

BROOKSTON — CO Andy Schmidt spent time during the week following up on fire investigations. ATV complaints were investigated and numerous violations were observed and enforcement action was taken. Wildlife complaints continue and bear complaints seemed to be the most common this week. Fishing opener was worked and, despite windy and cold weather, anglers were not going to miss out on tradition. The St. Louis River was busy as usual and most anglers were able to land some walleyes. Officer Schmidt assisted Duluth PD with ATV enforcement and operation training.

CARLTON — CO Scott Staples issued two restoration orders on wetland violations in the area. A complaint of someone poisoning wild animals is being investigated in the area. Fishing opener was busy with a lot of activity to report in the area. Enforcement action was taken for unattended lines, angle without a license, insufficient life jackets and registration violations. Turkey hunting activity was checked in the area but little activity was found. ATV activity was busy over the past weekend with enforcement action being taken for no safety certificate, operating on the road and registration violations. While checking an area of state forest land where there is frequent littering a group of individuals were contacted and found to be making a skate board park on a paved section of an old road. Concrete ramps and rails were all found on the property. The individuals were identified and the local DNR forestry and trails ...

For the rest of this story and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

outdoors photo
No new photo

Recent Headlines

DNR Fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

Butterball Lake proposed as state game refuge

MN DNR question of the week

Mille Lacs limit: one walleye

Minnesota State High School Clay Target League

UpNorth ATV ride draws 100-plus riders and perfect day

No New Outdoors

No New Outdoors

Fishing with Vets in northern Minnesota

‘Protect your waters’ on fishing opener and throughout season

MINNESOTA DNR — The 2015 fishing opener is an important reminder of every Minnesota angler’s vital role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Following AIS laws helps protect waters from invasives while protecting anglers from citations, according to Maj. Greg Salo, DNR Enforcement Division operations manager.

The law requires anglers to clean weeds and debris from their boats, remove drain plugs and keep them out while traveling, and dispose of unused bait in the trash. “The good news is, if everyone taking part in the fishing opener follows this simple procedure throughout the season, it’s possible to prevent new infestations caused by human activity,” Salo said.

The issue is so important that Gov. Mark Dayton declared the 2015 fishing opener a day for invasive species awareness. Zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny waterfleas can be easily carried from one lake to another if aquatic plants or water are left on a boat or trailer.

“Every angler has a stake in preventing the spread of AIS in the waters they fish and enjoy,” said Ann Pierce, section manager, DNR Ecological and Water Resources ...

For the rest of this story and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

outdoors photo
No new photo

Recent Headlines

Butterball Lake proposed as state game refuge

MN DNR question of the week

Mille Lacs limit: one walleye

Minnesota State High School Clay Target League

UpNorth ATV ride draws 100-plus riders and perfect day

No New Outdoors

No New Outdoors

Fishing with Vets in northern Minnesota

No New Outdoors

DNR Fisheries summer fieldwork schedule on Aitkin area lakes

MINNESOTA DNR — Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Aitkin area fisheries staff has announced the assessment schedule for the 2015 field season.

The DNR conducts fisheries surveys and assessments on a regular basis to monitor changes in fish populations, and to determine if management strategies have been effective. Survey frequency varies on each lake based on ongoing management evaluations and by angler use.

Large lakes with heavy use are scheduled more frequently than small remote lakes. Lakes that are stocked on a regular basis are also sampled more frequently to assess stocking success and monitor growth rates. Staff then review the data and incorporate it into individual fisheries lake management plans. The plans identify goals for key species in the lake and outline specific management activities.

After ice is out through May:

• Lake Minnewawa – trap netting and electrofishing for walleye (early May).

• Spirit and Waukenabo lakes – electrofishing for bass (late May).

• Horseshoe Lake – trap netting ...

For the rest of this story and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

__________

Lake Minnewawa Association Big Sandy Lake Association Gilby's Nursery and Orchard Yukon Eagle Furnances Advertise online! Advertise online!

t