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Northern Minnesota spottail shiner trappers on Upper Red and Winnie dodge a bullet over DNR gear restrictions in zebra mussel-infested waters

bemidjipioneer – On Upper Red, the gear restriction wasn’t an issue until March 2019, when the DNR confirmed larval zebra mussels, called veligers, had been found the previous summer in water samples taken from Red Lake Nation tribal waters. Because the announcement came so close to the spring shiner trapping season, which typically begins in late April or early May and lasts about six weeks, the DNR granted Upper Red minnow trappers a one-year waiver on the gear restriction. Last week’s DNR action extends that waiver for another year on Upper Red and Winnie, but the gear restrictions remain on other spottail lakes infested with zebra mussels, said Bob Meier, DNR assistant commissioner.

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