MN DNR takes steps to protest spawning areas in Tower

By KBJR News 1

MN DNR takes steps to protest spawning areas in Tower

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- There are temporary fishing/spearing closures on a number of lakes in northern St. Louis and western Lake Counties that are selected spawning beds and fish preserves.

The closures are to ensure the protection of fish when they are more susceptible to catch and overharvest as well as limit disruption in spawning areas, the DNR explains.

The DNR has outlined the areas which will be closed from April 26 through May 9 in St. Louis County:
–Bear Island River: both sides of Highway 1 T.62, R.12, S.23,26.
–Beaver River: portion upstream of Bear Island Lake T.62, R.13, S.35
–Birch River: both sides of County Road 21 T.61, R.13, S.26,27
–Burntside River: both sides of County Road 88 at bridge T.63, R.13, S.26.
–Everett Creek: between Everett Lake and Twin Lakes T.64, R.12, S.31, T.64, R.13, S.36
–Shagawa River: both sides of road crossings at Winton T.63, R.11, S.19 and T.63, R.12, S.24

The DNR has outlined the areas closed from May 1 through May 9 in Lake County:
–Fall Lake: below the hydropower facility T.63, R,11, Secs. 17, 20.

The DNR has outlined additional area closures to protect spawning walleye:
–April 14 – May 31, 2014
–Pike River (St. Louis Co.): from the mouth upstream to the dam T.61 R.16 S.3
May 10 – May 16, 2014
–Basswood Lake (Lake Co.): portion of Pipestone Bay south of a direct line from Kosulainen Point to Gary Island to Caribou Point T.64, R.11, Secs.11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23

"Pike River is an annual closure due to the large walleye spawning run where our egg take station is located. Basswood is being closed this year due to an anticipated late ice–out and the vulnerability of spawning walleye in that location," Tower area fisheries supervisor, Edie Evarts, said.

For a full list of temporary fishing closures please click here.

Ramona Marozas