Monthly Archives: April 2017

Boat Access Traffic Analyst Needed at Vermilion

Want to join the dedicated team protecting Lake Vermilion from aquatic invasive species (AIS)? Pretty good at manipulating data in Excel? Need a community service project with a non-profit for high school or college credit? The Vermilion Lake Association is looking for two volunteers to. . .

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2017 Walleye Stamp Supports Better Fishing

Anglers can support walleye stocking by purchasing $5 walleye stamps that help the Minnesota DNR provide more places to fish for walleye. “You can buy a walleye stamp any time of the year, even if you already have a fishing license,” said Neil Vanderbosch, DNR fisheries. . .

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Wow! That was Fast! Sucker Sales Over for 2017

The 2017 sucker sale at the DNR’s Pike River Hatchery began Monday April 10 and was over five days later. In total, 3300 lbs of suckers were removed from Lake Vermilion, destined for smokers in the Northland. This year’s take was well below the annual. . .

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Nest Platforms Deployed as Loons Arrive at Lake Vermilion

Loon Nest Platform

As soon as the ice turns to open water, male loons arrive to claim their territory. This year, two new floating nest platforms were positioned by lake association volunteers in areas with low boat traffic where natural nest locations were inadequate. Both platforms were placed. . .

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Find the Smoker! Sucker Sales Have Begun

The 2017 sucker sale at the DNR’s Pike River Hatchery began Monday April 10. The Vermilion Lake Association (VLA) has been conducting this spring ritual since 1968. The lake association sells suckers trapped during walleye egg-harvesting operations at the hatchery. The suckers are separated from the. . .

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Understanding Boat Access Traffic Key to AIS Inspection Success

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) watercraft inspectors checked over 12,000 boats at Lake Vermilion in 2016. The team learned quickly as the summer progressed, and, for the most part, the inspectors were at the right places at the right times. To understand traffic patterns even better. . .

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