Experimental regulations reducing daily bag limits for sunfish to 10 per person will go into effect on six area lakes with the start of the new fishing season March 1, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday..
The lower bag limits will effect Long (Higgins), Moose and Maple lakes in Todd County; Green-Prairie Fish and Sullivan lakes in Morrison County; and Platte Lake in Crow Wing County. The experimental regulations were reviewed and favorably received during public meetings last year.
By reducing bag limits from the statewide 20 per day to 10, fisheries biologists expect to produce more larger sunfish, which have become increasingly rare in central Minnesota. Netting surveys dating back to 1999 indicate strong potential for larger sunfish in the six area lakes.
The experimental regulations are scheduled to remain in effct for 10 years, with frequent assessments of sunfish populations over that period.