Ways to Improve our Lakes.
Keep Eurasian Milfoil Out of
Our Lakes! ALWAYS check your Boat, Motor and Trailer
for hitchiking weeds of ANY KIND! It is illegal in Minnesota to transport
ANY WEED into any lake, out of any lake, or on any roadway. Also
check your boat's wells for weed debris.
Practice and Promote "Catch and
Release"! The best way to improve fishing on our lakes
is to release the LARGEST fish,
after taking a picture of course! This easy method of
fish management will improve fishing more effectively than the expensive
way-stocking the lake with fingerlings. "A game fish is much too valuable
to be caught only once".(MN DNR).
DNR Tips for Releasing Fish:
Use barbless hooks.
Play the fish quickly.
Handle the fish carefully.
Never hold any fish by the eyes.
Use a needlenose pliers to remove hooks.
Cut the line if the fish is hooked in the throat.
Easy does it! Don't throw that fish back
into the lake.
Use Lures rather than bait, fish survive much
better when caught that way.
Clip one of three treble hooks to make removal
Use a heavier line to bring the fish in faster.
Revive a tired fish by gently moving it back and
forth in the water before release.
For more information, log on at www.catchandreleasefound.org
Don't net or handle a fish IF you can leave it
in the water.
Don't drop your fish into the boat. Fish
bruise easier than apples!
Don't release a fish that CAN'T right itself or
one that "bobs" to the surface.
Don't release a fish that is bleeding from the
gills or throat. *(Any "Non-legal" size fish MUST be released regardless
of it's condition).
Don't "Stringer Sort". (We all know what
Don't place a fish you plan on releasing on a
stringer or in a livewell. (Catch, Decide, Act).
Use Your Boat Safely and Courteously!
Treat your lake neighbors to the same level of consideration you would
expect in return from them. Buy a boat that muffles the sound of
the engine. Keep boat speed to a minimum near shore areas, keep a
safe distance from other water craft and floating objects, water ski safely.
Speed limits are IN EFFECT in the channel areas-please observe the no-wake