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Public input sought on walleye, bass regulations in OTC

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold two public meetings to provide updated information on the existing walleye regulation on North and South Lida, Venestrom and Mud lakes in Otter Tail County.

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The first meeting will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Lake Region Electric Cooperative in Pelican Rapids. The second meeting will be from 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 23, at the Fergus Falls DNR Headquarters.

The lakes are located 5 miles east of Pelican Rapids. At the meetings, the DNR will present updated information collected since the regulation was implemented in 2005. The existing walleye regulation is: All walleye from 17- to 26-inches must be immediately released. One fish over 26 inches is allowed in possession.

The DNR will also be holding two public meetings to provide information about the existing bass regulations and ask for public comments on whether the regulations should be continued, modified or rescinded on Jewett, Pickerel, Clitherall and Sewell lakes in Otter Tail County.

The first meeting will be from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Fergus Falls DNR Headquarters. The second meeting will be from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Lakes Area Community Center in Battle Lake.

Jewett Lake is 8 miles north of Fergus Falls. Pickerel Lake is 12 miles north of Underwood. Clitherall Lake is 5 miles south of Battle Lake. Sewell Lake is 7 miles southeast of Dalton.

Currently, there is a 12- to 20-inch protected slot length limit for bass on Jewett, Pickerel and Sewell lakes. Clitherall Lake has a catch-and-release regulation for smallmouth bass.

Public comments will also be accepted during an open house from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul.

Those unable to attend the meetings may submit written comments at any time to: DNR Fergus Falls area fisheries, 1509 First Ave. N., Fergus Falls, MN 56537, or via email to james.wolters@ state.mn.us or fergusfalls.fisheries@state.mn.us. To provide comments by phone, call 739-7576.

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