The high waters of Minnesota's lakes and rivers have done more than closed parks, beaches and walking paths this year; the burgeoning Mississippi may have created the perfect conditions for enticing the infamously named "Invasive Carp" to visit our beloved state. Commercial fishermen contracted by the Department of Natural Resources caught a gravid (carrying eggs) female from each of the two threatening species (bighead and silver) in Cottage Grove this past Thursday.
Invasive Carp had been thought to be contained further downstream; the two females signify...!--more-->
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Whether carp, boat or Balrog, no one will be allowed access through the lock according to new legislation.[/caption]
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"Invasive Carp" are back in Minnesota's news. This time because the fish are behind a possible major interruption of Mississippi River's navigable waters; to keep the fish from Northern Minnesota, the United States...
This Sunday is Mother's Day and the state of Minnesota has a gift for Minnesota's Moms. On Saturday and Sunday — May 10th and 11th — it's official 'Take A Mom Fishing Weekend.'
But what does that mean?
Well, tomorrow is the 2014 Minnesota fishing opener for walleye and northern pike and Moms will be able to fish without a license
on both Saturday and Sunday.
So grab a card and some flowers — then grab a pole and some worms — and celebrate your Mom's awesome-ness by taking her fishing this weekend.
Check out the DNR's ...
Columbus Day hasn't been the only thing due for a Minnesotanly-correct makeover this past week. This time it's happening in the capitol building. On Monday John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) netted approval from the state Senate on a measure to change the name of 'Asian Carp' to 'Invasive Carp.'
the ambiguity of the name back in March:
Caucasians brought them to America... Should we call them `Caucasian carp?' They...
Ice fishing fanatics may have actually enjoyed this winter's bitter coldness; the ice is darn thick on quite a few lakes still. But even though Minnesota's been having quite a few thaw-less days doesn't mean that the ice is still in pristine condition.
We're quickly approaching the median "ice-out" dates for most Minnesota lakes (a few dates are popular knowledge: April 15th for Lake Minnetonka, the 25th for Mille Lacs and the 30th for Vermilion). Ice-out on a lake means that you would need divine powers to walk out to your favorite fishing spot; keep that fact and those dates...!--more-->
It was a postcard-image type day in Voyagers National Park last May when I paddled around one final rock embankment to arrive at my potential campsite. Many nautical miles had been traveled in my streamlined, rented Kevlar canoe.
And just around that corner, tucked amongst all the beautiful pines and majestic limestone, was... another camper.
In a land where the policy was first-come, first-serve in regard to back-country camping, scenes like this were not uncommon. Unfortunately for me, I found this out the...!--more-->