Public comments close on February 15, 2008. Go to the bottom of the page, click on "Comments" and fill out the form.
For what it is worth, my comments follow:
The angler survey recently completed in Minnesota indicates that there are over 125,000 muskie fisherpeople in Minnesota. This number has grown dramatically in the past few years. The long range plan calls for 8 new muskie lakes over the next 20 years. I can't make these two facts square up. There are more muskie anglers than ever before and this number will continue to increase, all the while anglers in total have been declining. We need more lakes. We need more resources and more money allocated to muskie efforts. The survey indicates that resources as they currently are allocated are skewed away from muskies as a percentage of total resources, compared to the survey results.
Please take a minute and comment.
Posted 1/29/2008 3:47 PM (#297321 - in reply to #297309) Subject: Re: MN Muskie Lomg Range Plan
Thanks for posting this and I encourage everyone to leave a comment. My comments:
As someone who enjoys fishing muskies all over MN and someone who is also responsible for stocking and conversation in other states, I believe you need to much more aggressively introduce muskies into more of your lakes each year. You have so many quality lakes of all sizes to consider in MN you could easily start introducing muskies to five or ten lakes per year with the goal of 100 or more new musky lakes over 20 years.
Posted 1/30/2008 5:23 PM (#297708 - in reply to #297309) Subject: Re: MN Muskie Long Range Plan
Location: Nowheresville, MN
I encourage all to take two minutes and comment. All of the submitted comments do get read and are brought into the planning meetings. A few well written sentences do look better than short one-liners. Good advice skunk.
Posted 2/15/2008 9:08 AM (#301238 - in reply to #297309) Subject: Re: MN Muskie Long Range Plan
The anti-muskie guys are working on drumming up support too, so we need all the help we can get.
From Lyback's on Mille Lacs...
“For you ice fishermen that have been out there this year and don't like what you've seen with all the Muskies under the ice and in traditional Walleye areas, there is a place you can put your two cents in. On the DNR website is an address you can express your opinion on. It is..... http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/muskie_pike/comment.html
Posted 2/15/2008 10:48 AM (#301259 - in reply to #297309) Subject: RE: MN Muskie Plan - Public Comments needed!
this is important stuff.
please take the few minutes to submit your positive comments about the continued support and growth of the MN muskie fishery.
Posted 2/15/2008 10:52 AM (#301260 - in reply to #301259) Subject: RE: MN Muskie Plan - Public Comments needed!
Location: Long Prairie, Minnesota....chucking da plugs!!!
I also believe that today (the 15th) is the last day that you can post your comments on the website. As stated in the above previous posts, every single comment helps. The MNDNR needs as many "Atta boys" as they can get for developing their long range program and it is up to us to give it to them. If you don't speak up now, don't speak up later on down the road when things are going to hell in a hand basket!
Posted 2/15/2008 11:03 AM (#301264 - in reply to #297309) Subject: Re: MN Muskie Plan - Public Comments needed!
Is this ok???
"MN has become a very popular destination for trophy muskie fishing among local anglers as well as those from WI, IL, IN, and a host of other areas. As you may know, muskie anglers will go to great lengths for an opportunity like this/ I can't begin to emhasize how great it is having a trophy Muskie destination right next door in MN that rivals those in Northwest Ontario. In a very short time, the popularity of the MN fisheries has increased to a level beyond what any of us could have expected, and I believe that popularity will continue to grow in the future. In my opinion, forward thinking management strategies and expansion of the muskies range are essential to the future success of the MN muskie fisheries. The proposed legislation is a giant step in the right direction. I've read the proposal, and you have my full support."