MN DNR Fisheries Chief Talks Maintaining Quality Fish Populations with Increased Pressure
St. Paul, MN — Catching a limit of crappies is much easier today than it was a generation ago, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking note. Luxuries such as fish houses have made it easier to go fishing, electronics have made it easier find the fish, and social media is making it easier to tell everyone you caught a fish. All those factors have the DNR keeping a close eye on the fish populations. However, Minnesota DNR Fisheries Chief Brad Parson says fish populations are resilient and are more concerned about the quality of the fisheries.
All those creature comforts, paired with the pandemic, have driven demand in the sport of fishing across the state. Parsons says they welcome the newfound interest in the outdoors, and so far there doesn’t appear to be negative impacts.
Anglers can also do their part to help manage their local fisheries. Parson encourages anglers to harvest fish for a meal, but also notes that selective harvest can play a key role in maintaining a quality fishery.
Moving forward, Parsons says one of the goals of the DNR is to continue to promote that fishing is for everyone and that you don’t need a $80,000 boat to have fun doing it.
Brad Parsons was one of our featured guests during the Governor’s Fishing Opener in Otter Tail County. Listen back to the full interview below: