Minnesota Trout Unlimited welcomes MNDNR change in stocking to protect and recover Lake Superior steelhead.

March 15, 2018 Minnesota Trout Unlimited (MNTU) welcomes today’s announcement by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that it will make long overdue changes in stocking practices in North Shore rivers in order to preserve and rebuild Minnesota’s unique wild steelhead fishery, while allowing time for full recovery of the population before any harvest of wild steelhead.   Cessation of kamloops stocking is the only defensible course of action MNTU especially applauds the DNR’s decision to cease the dangerous practice

New website launched

On November 16, 2017 we hurriedly launch our newly designed website, warts and all, when our previous site crashed unexpectedly.  While the new site is not completed and has some outdated information, we will be working diligently to revise content and them begin importing lots of new content.  Thank you for your patience as we work to provide more, clearer content to keep you better informed about how Minnesota Trout Unlimited and our local chapters are working for you to protect,

Legislature Ignoring Anglers – Calls Needed Today on Fee Increase and Buffers

Increased funding is needed to protect and improve our fisheries, yet legislative leaders are ignoring anglers’ request for a small fee increase to maintain quality fishing.  The legislative session ends Sunday, BUT CALLS TODAY CAN TURN THE TIDE.  Tomorrow may be too late.  Please take 2 minutes and place short calls (or send e mails) to key leaders today. Your message to them can be this simple: Include the DNR fishing and hunting fee increases in the final budget bills.  A

Tell Legislators to Stop Attacks on Clean Water and Minnesota Trout Streams

The MN Legislature is poised to remove the 50 foot buffers from trout streams in place since the 1980s.  They plan to roll back basic water protections, push an anti-public lands agenda and cut core funding from DNR and MPCA as well.  Legislators are claiming that they are not hearing from voters. We all need to speak up (again).  Please e mail or call this week. Ask your legislators to: Leave the buffer law alone – stop gutting the decades-old 50

North Shore Steelhead Need Your Help

Anglers needed to gather scale samples from steelhead in 2017; and to harvest Kamloops to reduce disastrous hybridization For the past two decades DNR has been playing a dangerous game of roulette with our North Shore steelhead fishery.  Despite numerous studies indicating that stocking domesticated hatchery strain “kamloops” rainbows would likely interfere with steelhead reproduction and recovery, the agency has run an artificial put-and-take program using these domesticated fish.  Until last year the DNR lacked sophisticated genetic testing tools which could

MNTU and Minnesota’s Largest Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Groups Urge State Lawmakers to Take Action on DNR Funding Before it is too Late

MNTU and a broad coalition of Minnesota’s largest fishing, hunting and outdoors groups is warning state lawmakers that inaction could harm fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation and jeopardize the state’s $5.5 Billion tourism industry. In a letter to top leaders of both parties in the Minnesota House and Senate, the coalition of more than 40 groups urges the legislature to pass modest license fee increases as proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and restore historical funding for fish

Native Lake Trout Waters in BWCAW Protected by Federal Agency Decisions

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture today announced important steps to protect the watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), which is home to Minnesota’s native inland lake trout stocks.  The agencies denied Twin Metals’ application for renewal of two hard rock mineral leases in the area and began the process of withdrawing key portions of the watershed from new federal mineral permits and leases.  Read the agency announcements and find links to the

Help Prevent Loss of Protections for Trout Streams – Comments Due by Nov 7

Forty-one trout streams are slated to lose their protective “designated trout stream” status under a proposal by the MNDNR.  Comments are due by Monday November 7, 2016.  This is your last chance to provide evidence that these streams recently did, currently do, or could sustain trout with some active management.  Protections will be removed from 195 miles of streams.  Most of these streams are located in the north metro, central and north central Minnesota – areas where very few trout streams

Comments needed on Lake Superior management plan by May 8

The deadline for commenting on the DNR’s proposed revision of the management plan for Lake Superior and its tributaries is rapidly approaching.   Comments are due by Sunday May 8. Here is the link to the webpage, which has draft plan and instructions on how to comment on-line or by phone:   Please note that you can cut and paste comments into the on-line survey, especially into the last box provided with survey item number 13. The DNR has received very

Attack on Groundwater and Trout Streams Has Begun Again

Two legislators have renewed efforts to roll back basic protections for drinking water supplies and trout fisheries.  Rep. Howe (R – Rockville) and Rep. Newberger (R- Becker) recently introduced H.F. 3399 and H.F. 3400, which undermine groundwater sustainability requirements and effectively prevent DNR from restricting excessive, unsustainable pumping of groundwater until after trout fisheries are harmed or destroyed and drinking water sources are depleted. Drinking water aquifers in many areas of the state are being steadily depleted through excessive, unsustainable pumping