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DNR proposes stream trout designation for Lawndale Creek

Minnesota Fishing News

The public is invited to comment on a proposal by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to designate part of Lawndale Creek in Wilkin County as designated trout waters.

Five miles of Lawndale Creek was designated in 1981. This new designation would add portions of stream in Sections 22, 27, 34, 35 of Wilkin County. Lawndale Creek was last surveyed in 2004 and brook trout were captured in the section of the stream proposed for designation.

Designation of a stream means: · anglers who fish there must possess a trout stamp in addition to a regular fishing license and can fish the water only during the stream trout season · only one line is allowed · angling for any species during the closed trout season is prohibited · taking minnows or leeches is prohibited except under special permit · rough fish may not be taken by spear, harpoon, archery or dip · designation of this reach of Lawndale Creek will reclassify this water as a public watercourse subject to DNR water permit authority. Filling, excavating, bank grading or shaping, or crossing of Lawndale Creek will require a Public Waters Work Permit from the DNR.

Designation also results in more stringent water quality standards. There might be additional restrictions on development on or near waters depending on local land-use ordinances.

The public may send comments on the proposal to designate Lawndale Creek by Aug 1, 2007 to: DNR Fisheries, 1509 First Ave. N., Fergus Falls, MN 56537.

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