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#2552568 - 04/05/11 09:09 AM
Delayed Season Opener?
LunkerBaitCo Offline
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Registered: 07/18/02
Posts: 106
Loc: Pine Island
Heard the DNR is delaying the opener on some waters in NE Minn. due to late ice out and desire to protect spawning walleyes. Any chance of that happening on Vermilion? If so, do they delay all species seasons or just the Wallys? Thanks.
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#2552608 - 04/05/11 09:48 AM
Re: Delayed Season Opener? [Re: LunkerBaitCo]
chucker1101 Offline
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Registered: 07/21/09
Posts: 234
Loc: Minnesota
It'll probably be just the Canadian border lakes. They did this several years ago, during a cold spring and delayed ice-out. As i recall, it was Saganaga, Basswood, Crooked, and La Croix.
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#2552609 - 04/05/11 09:49 AM
Re: Delayed Season Opener? [Re: chucker1101]
Steve Foss Offline
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Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 26584
Loc: Ely, MN
Expected late ice-out prompts fishing closures on Canadian border
(Released April 4, 2011)
Several lakes and rivers along the Minnesota-Ontario border in Cook County will be closed to fishing at the start of this year’s season to protect concentrations of spawning walleye from potential over-harvest.
Walleye may be vulnerable to over-harvest during what is expected to be a year with relatively late ice-out and delayed spawning.
Closures, which are done in cooperation between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, affect both sides of the border. All areas closed to fishing will be posted.
The following areas were closed to fishing on Friday, April 1:
Sea Gull River from Sea Gull Lake through Gull Lake to Saganaga Lake approximately 1/3 mile north of the narrows will be closed through May 27
Saganaga Falls on the Minnesota Ontario border where the Granite River enters Saganaga Lake will be closed through May 31
Maligne River (also known as Northern Light Rapids) on the Ontario side of Saganaga Lake will be closed through May 31
Channel between Little Gunflint and Little North Lakes on the Minnesota Ontario border will be closed through May 31
Cross River (inlet to Gunflint Lake) from the Gunflint Trail to Gunflint Lake will be closed through May 27.
The following areas will be closed to fishing from Saturday, May 14, through Friday, May 27:
Tait River from White Pine Lake to the Forest Road 340 crossing, including a portion of White Pine Lake
Junco Creek from the first log dam above County Road 57 downstream to Devil Track Lake, and including a portion of Devil Track Lake near the river mouth.
Only fishing is affected by these closures, travel is permitted through the areas.
Direct questions to the DNR office in Grand Marais at 218-387-3056 or to Steve Persons, Grand Marais area fisheries supervisor, at steve.persons@state.mn.us.

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#2552612 - 04/05/11 09:59 AM
Re: Delayed Season Opener? [Re: Steve Foss]
chucker1101 Offline
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Registered: 07/21/09
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Loc: Minnesota
Looks like all fishing is prohibited. And i had no idea Junco Creek even held Walleyes smile

Edit: the bulletin appears to be a pretty good tip sheet for where to find walleyes on a normal opener smile


Edited by chucker1101 (04/05/11 10:02 AM)
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#2552694 - 04/05/11 11:48 AM
Re: Delayed Season Opener? [Re: chucker1101]
guideman Offline
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Loc: Tower, Lake Vermilion
Pike bay on Vermilion's east end has in the past been closed to fishing the first week of the season, however It's only happened a couple of times in the last 20 years or so. The DNR won't make a decission on that for at least a few more weeks.
Typically if the ice goes out before the first weekend of May the bay will be open.

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#2555881 - 04/08/11 03:28 PM
RUMORS about fishing season closures!
DaveSorensen Offline
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Registered: 05/17/07
Posts: 416
Loc: Tower, MN
At the store I have now had at least 1/2 dozen people tell me that they have heard the fishing season is closed in the north east. That someone heard someone on TV say crane lake will be closed for fishing on the opener. I just heard that the entire BWCA was going to be closed for the opener. The DNR has posted a news release of what is closed and crane lake isn't mentioned, only a very small area in cook county and they are the traditional areas that are closed almost every year. Here is the weblink to the DNR news release about the SMALL area that is closed to fishing http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/index.php/20...rotect-walleye/

If there is a change to something I will update that information, but please if you hear someone takling about the NORTHEAST MN area being closed to fishing check it out on the DNR website.

I still stick with my original prediction of April 29th for ice out and it will be fairly normal if not good fishing opener on Lake Vermilion.


Edited by DaveSorensen (04/08/11 03:30 PM)

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#2555993 - 04/08/11 06:25 PM
Re: RUMORS about fishing season closures! [Re: DaveSorensen]
Finnish Flash Offline
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Registered: 12/17/02
Posts: 182
Loc: Pike Bay, Tower MN
I was in the metro area early in the week and was watching WCCO news and they mentioned that "northeastern Minnesota" lakes will be closed for fishing opener. I knew that was incorrect information as I read the "correct" information posted on this web site. The first thing I thought was...oh boy, that is going to confuse people! Not to mention it could hurt local business and resorts up here, especially if people were on the "fence" weather to come up this way for opener. I e-mailed them to tell them about the incorrect information they gave out, but have not heard back.
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#2558604 - 04/12/11 08:03 AM
Re: RUMORS about fishing season closures! [Re: Finnish Flash]
Mike Stark Online   content
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Registered: 11/29/07
Posts: 2720
Loc: Ely, MN
More closures announced today.
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#2558709 - 04/12/11 10:10 AM
Re: RUMORS about fishing season closures! [Re: Mike Stark]
DaveSorensen Offline
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Registered: 05/17/07
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Loc: Tower, MN
And not a single one located in St. Louis county!

Dave Sorensen
Vermilion Fuel & Food
Tower,MN
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#2562792 - 04/17/11 09:07 AM
Re: RUMORS about fishing season closures! [Re: DaveSorensen]
Ely Lake Expert Offline
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Registered: 09/04/04
Posts: 1093
Loc: Eveleth, MN
I just came on to ask about this. My buddies grandpa lives on vermillion (puncher point) and told him that opener may be delayed do to late iceout and spawning. Thanks for the info guys.

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#2562833 - 04/17/11 10:01 AM
Re: RUMORS about fishing season closures! [Re: Ely Lake Expert]
guideman Offline
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Registered: 04/16/00
Posts: 3276
Loc: Tower, Lake Vermilion
Never happen, Pike bay may be closed, but they won't close the entire lake. The Walleyes are running at the hatchery so they are spawning, at least in Pike bay.
It's still a month until the opener, no need to panic.

"Ace"

Terry "Ace" Sjoberg.
Lake Vermilion.
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#2562849 - 04/17/11 10:24 AM
Re: RUMORS about fishing season closures! [Re: guideman]
Cliff Wagenbach Online   content
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Registered: 04/25/01
Posts: 5631
Loc: Tower,Mn., Lake Vermilion
I agree!
I think that Pike Bay will also be open.
Cliff

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