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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.

 

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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

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Fishing with Vets in northern Minnesota

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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 ...

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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

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Fishing with Vets in northern Minnesota

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Just off the ice from "Fishing with Vets"

Butterball Lake proposed as state game refuge

MINNESOTA DNR — Butterball Lake (aka Long Lake), along with Butterball Creek, in east-central St. Louis County, is being proposed as a state game refuge by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The proposal would close Butterball Lake and Creek to hunting and trapping from Sept. 1 to Nov. 25, annually.

The refuge status would not affect wild rice harvest, deer hunting or other upland hunting on or around Butterball Lake.

A public hearing will be held to take public comment on Wednesday, May 13, at the Hoyt Lakes Community Center at 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The goal of a state game refuge is to provide an undisturbed refuge for feeding and resting migratory waterfowl (primarily ring-necked ducks, mallards and teal) during fall migration to improve hunting on adjacent lakes and the St. Louis River.

Little Rice Lake was similarly designated as a state game refuge in 2012. It has since held thousands of ring-necked ducks in October, and hunter surveys have indicated improved duck hunting on adjacent Big Rice Lake and Pike River.

“Many duck hunters hunt on the St. Louis River and other lakes in the vicinity, and consider it to be one ...

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Mille Lacs limit: one walleye

Minnesota State High School Clay Target League

UpNorth ATV ride draws 100-plus riders and perfect day

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Fishing with Vets in northern Minnesota

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Just off the ice from "Fishing with Vets"

Mike Lindgren earns vintage Best of Show

MN DNR question of the week

QUestion: I heard the DNR is gathering a list of springs across the state. How will I know a spring when I see one, and how can I report its location?

Answer: A spring is a focused natural discharge of flowing groundwater. Some telltale clues are: they usually remain unfrozen in winter, they are unusually cold in summer, and they are often associated with plants such as watercress and willows. Some springs appear to “boil” the surface of lakes and streams.

Historically, springs were important sources of drinking water. They also provide critical habitat for trout streams by regulating water temperature and providing base flows to streams throughout the year. An inventory of Minnesota’s springs is being prepared by combing through old records, and more will be added by searching likely areas of the state. To learn more about springs, or to share the location of a spring near you, visit the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/groundwater_section/pilot/springshed.html.

Greg Brick, DNR research analysis specialist

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