DNR meetings to discuss stocking muskies in Minnesota lakes

Full story: TwinCities.com 9
The public will have a chance this week to voice opinions about a Department of Natural Resources proposal to stock muskies in five Minnesota water bodies, including the Sauk River Chain of Lakes. Full Story
captnquint

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Aug 30, 2010
will they eat big head asian carp? go get em boys
spearing is the target

West Des Moines, IA

#2 Aug 30, 2010
they want to slowly eliminate spearing by stocking muskies in lakes so spearing can be banned on that lake. the dnr hates the spearers and doesn't respect the sport of spearing.
Read the plan

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Aug 30, 2010
Spearing will not be banned on any of the proposed lakes. Feel free to spear on those waters, just be sure of your target before you throw.
Sam

Plymouth, MN

#4 Aug 30, 2010
DNR stocked Silver Lake in North Saint Paul with Muskies and the city poisened all the weeds in the lake and killed all the fish...

DNR keeps wasting money!

Since: Jul 10

Duluth, MN

#5 Aug 31, 2010
Muskies are opportunistic predators. They eat whatever they want. Siscos, Tulibies, and Suckers are fish that are easier to prey on but if theres an opportunity to feed on a game fish, they will. Its nice to have them in large bodies of water that can support the feeding but your average size lake will be impacted, and its not good for the other species. It looks to me like the DNR is all about money and doesnt care about what the lakeshore owners have to think. I'd be pretty upset if they did this to the lake I have a cabin on. The DNR needs to focus more on enviromental issues than the introduction of muskies. Hey DNR; On my lake there is a campground with 80 slips, the lake is only about 350 acres, theyre breaking the law but youre not doing anything about it....Why? because you want more money to fund stupid programs like this. Get your head out of your A55.
CAO

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Aug 31, 2010
Yes, muskies are opportunistic predators. They will eat whatever they want, because they can. They sit at the top of the food chain in any body of water they're in (except for people, of course).

And mostly what they want to eat are the sick, the weak, the slow and the dying. Because it's easier. Because that's what predators do. You know who takes all the healthy walleye and perch out of your lake? You. That's part of the fun of fishing! I completely understand and agree with that. But the average musky can't compete in a month with how many healthy walleye the average fisherman could take out in a trip or two.

The DNR is responding to projections of future demand. Musky fishing is becoming immensely popular, and demand will continue to grow. This means more money spent on fishing, more tax revenue from sports-related sales, etc. etc. Your local bait shop will do more business. Your local lure makers (and there are dozens here in MN) will do more business. I would think that's a good thing, personally.

And if you're upset that they're thinking of putting muskies in 'your' lake, sell your cabin. Guess what - it just went up in value. Otherwise, you're welcome to tell the DNR that you don't want any stocking or management in 'your' lake, and that you'll take care of it all 'yourself'.

Since: Jul 10

Duluth, MN

#7 Aug 31, 2010
CAO wrote:
Yes, muskies are opportunistic predators. They will eat whatever they want, because they can. They sit at the top of the food chain in any body of water they're in (except for people, of course).
And mostly what they want to eat are the sick, the weak, the slow and the dying. Because it's easier. Because that's what predators do. You know who takes all the healthy walleye and perch out of your lake? You. That's part of the fun of fishing! I completely understand and agree with that. But the average musky can't compete in a month with how many healthy walleye the average fisherman could take out in a trip or two.
The DNR is responding to projections of future demand. Musky fishing is becoming immensely popular, and demand will continue to grow. This means more money spent on fishing, more tax revenue from sports-related sales, etc. etc. Your local bait shop will do more business. Your local lure makers (and there are dozens here in MN) will do more business. I would think that's a good thing, personally.
And if you're upset that they're thinking of putting muskies in 'your' lake, sell your cabin. Guess what - it just went up in value. Otherwise, you're welcome to tell the DNR that you don't want any stocking or management in 'your' lake, and that you'll take care of it all 'yourself'.
More people=more pressure on the lakes, which again like i said isnt a bad thing when its a large body of water like Leech or Winnie or mile lacs but it is on smaller waters. The DNR is spending money on a program that isnt needed when it could focus more time and money on things the lakeshore owners "major tax payers" want and care about and not some mullet wearing esox musky angler having more opportunties to land a fish of 1000 casts. Musky stocking isnt going to increase any property values, nice try sounding smart. You shouldve stopped before that last paragraph, Claven.
CAO

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Aug 31, 2010
So to clarify, Nobama... What is it, specifically, that you're against with this? Muskies being in your lake? Or the 'mullet wearing esox angler' being ON your lake?(By the way, my mullet is long, flowing and luscious - a true thing of beauty!) Your first post made me think you didn't want the fish in there, but your response makes me think you don't want fishermen on there. NIMBY, much?

Maybe you're right. Maybe having muskies in your lake won't affect how many people want to buy a piece of property. Musky fisherman only account for about 18% of the people that buy licenses in MN... but that's up from 4% ten years ago. So who knows? If you've got 25% in a few years, that's 25% of the fishing population that would prefer to own property on a lake that contains musky. But maybe you're right. Maybe that wouldn't affect value... but if real estate is location, I would think it would be a factor.

Now. I'm off to comb my mullet, wax my mustache, put on my tuxedo T-shirt, and take advantage of all the things my fishing license, boat license, and donation money make possible... And to think! I get to do this without even owning property on a lake!

You should have stopped before your last sentence, Norm. It just made you sound like a jerk.
taxpayer

Little Falls, MN

#10 Sep 1, 2010
This is being pushed by some DNR "biologist" who wrote a paper on muskies and now thinks he's the expert.

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