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New 2008 fishing regulations in place for area lakes

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As the May 10 fishing opener approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages anglers to visit the DNR Web site to familiarize themselves with the new 2008 Minnesota Fishing Regulations, which went into effect on March 1.

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The 2008 Minnesota Fishing Regulations are available online at www.mndnr.gov/regulations/fishing or by contacting the DNR Information Center at info@dnr.state.mn.us, (651) 296-6157 or toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367).

The following changes affect individual waters in the Detroit Lakes area.

n Little Toad Lake, Becker County - sunfish possession limit of 10; all northern pike from 24-to 36-inches must be immediately released; one more than 36-inches allowed in possession.

n Maud Lake and Lake Eunice, Becker County - sunfish possession limit of five; black crappie - minimum size limit 10-inches, possession limit five; all largemouth and smallmouth bass from 12-to 20-inches must be immediately released; one more than 20-inches allowed in possession; all northern pike from 24- to 36-inches must be immediately released; one more than 36-inches allowed in possession.

n Little Cormorant, Becker County - sunfish possession limit of five; black crappie minimum size limit of 10-inches; possession limit of five; walleye minimum size limit of 17-inches.

n Otter Tail River, Otter Tail, Becker and Wilkin counties - smallmouth bass, catch-and-release from Wilkin County Road 19 crossing upstream to the Friberg Dam, including all impoundments, and from Otter Tail County Highway 51 upstream to the Hubbel Pond Dam, including Mud, Rice and Town lakes.

Additional special regulations remain in effect on several area lakes. These are listed in the regulations booklet and are posted at access sites.

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