DNR fisheries to discuss Lake Winnibigoshish fish management

Anglers and others interested in Lake Winnibigoshish fisheries management are invited to a public open-house hosted by Department of Natural Resources Grand Rapids area fisheries staff.

The open house will be Thursday, March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, 402 SE 11th St., Grand Rapids. The meeting will begin with a short presentation about historical and recent data, changes in fish populations, the impacts of exotic species on habitat, and regulations. There will be time for questions and conversation.

Lake Winnibigoshish (Winnie) is a destination fishery for walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch. Like many walleye populations, walleye numbers on Winnie have gone through periods of ups and downs over time.

“We appreciate the opportunity to talk directly with our anglers and to hear about their experiences on Winnie,” said Gerry Albert, DNR large lake specialist. “After a couple of tough years, creel survey results indicate walleye fishing was better than average during the summer of 2018, and recruitment of the 2018-year class looks good. The lake may be recovering from one of the down periods.”

The meeting is not a regulation review meeting and no special fishing regulation changes are currently being proposed. Interested parties are invited to attend the meeting, review current biological data, and provide input regarding Lake Winnibigoshish management.

More information is available by contacting the Grand Rapids Area Fisheries office at 218-328-8836, or Lake Winnibigoshish large lake specialist Gerry Albert at gerry.albert@state.mn.us.