Year in Review – DNR Bluegill Initiative
Anglers will likely see more reduced bluegill bag limits on a handful of area lakes as part of the Minnesota DNR’s Quality Bluegill Initiative. The Quality Bluegill Initiative is a statewide, stakeholder-driven program to maintain and/or increase the number of quality bluegill populations in Minnesota. Detroit Lakes Fisheries Supervisor Nathan Olson says the initiative is in response to anglers finding it increasingly difficult to catch trophy bluegill.
Locally as part of the Quality Bluegill Initiative, five area lakes will see a reduced limit on bluegills. Tamarac, Little Sugar Bush, Buffalo, and Big Floyd will see 5 fish daily limits for bluegill and Height O Land will be reduced to 10. Olson adds that in order for fish to get bigger, they need to be in the lake longer and that’s where the reduced limits come into play.
The new proposal still needs approval from the state legislature before it can go into effect. Olson says that if all goes well, the new bluegill limits on the proposed lakes will begin in March of 2021. Currently there are 57 lakes in Minnesota with reduced bag limits for bluegills and this latest proposal would add another 123 with the potential for more lakes to be implemented in 2022.