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Vermilion creel survey underway

Posted 12/8/21

LAKE VERMILION— Ice anglers here may be asked to participate in the lake’s first winter creel survey since 1984, which is now underway. Creel clerks from the Department of Natural …

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Vermilion creel survey underway

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LAKE VERMILION— Ice anglers here may be asked to participate in the lake’s first winter creel survey since 1984, which is now underway.
Creel clerks from the Department of Natural Resources will be traveling the lake on foot or on snowmobile to interview ice anglers about their harvest through Feb. 27.
During the interviews, the creel clerks will ask anglers a few questions about their fishing trip for that day and  record information on the fish species caught. Creel clerks may ask to record measurements of fish that anglers keep. Additionally, DNR pilots and a local contractor will conduct aerial ice house counts to obtain information on angling effort.
Fisheries managers rely on creel surveys to collect information on fishing pressure, catch, harvest and size distribution of several important fish species in Lake Vermilion. This information, when combined with scientific data collected during standard fisheries population assessments, is used to make informed fisheries  management decisions.
Angler participation is an essential part of this study, so the DNR is asking anglers to be patient with the creel clerks and provide information that is as accurate as possible. Since 1984, 13 creel surveys have been conducted on Lake Vermilion, all during the open water season.
For additional information or questions, contact Matt Hennen at the DNR Tower area fisheries office: 218-300-7810 or matthew.hennen@state.mn.us.

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