A draft five-year plan that guides fisheries management activities for Lake of the Woods will be discussed at a public open house on Tuesday, July 24. The open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods Ambulance garage, 111 First St. SW in Baudette.
“This open house will let participants ask questions and submit comments. No presentation will be made so people can arrive at any time,” said Phil Talmage, Baudette area fisheries supervisor. “The open house also serves as an opportunity to meet new staff in the Baudette area fisheries office.”
The plan outlines proposed five-year fish population objectives and management actions for walleye, sauger, northern pike and lake sturgeon. The draft management plan was developed in partnership with the 14-member Lake of the Woods Fisheries Input Group comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders with an interest in the popular border lake.
A 30-day online public comment period ended July 11. Additional comments can be submitted in writing at the public open house and through Wednesday, Aug. 15. The updated Lake of the Woods Management Plan will be finalized early this fall.
More information about Lake of the Woods and the draft fisheries management plan can be found on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/lakeofthewoods.