Northern pike experimental regs up for review on Big Birch Lake

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

A public discussion of experimental fishing regulations on Todd County’s Big Birch Lake is set  for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Linda B’s Restaurant, 41947 County Road 167, Freeport.

Located in south central Todd County near Grey Eagle, Big Birch Lake covers 2,100 acres and has had an experimental northern pike protected slot limit of 24 to 36 inches, with one over 36 inches, and a daily bag limit of three, since 2005. Prior to that a 24-inch maximum length limit had been in place since 1996. Fisheries data collected since 1996 show significant improvements in numbers of northern pike over 30 inches.

Public input on existing experimental regulations will help DNR fisheries staff determine whether those regulations should be continued, modified or dropped.

People unable to attend the public input meeting may submit written comments to the DNR Little Falls area fisheries office, 16543 Haven Road, Little Falls, MN 56345. Comments also will be taken via email at [email protected], or by phone at (320) 616-2450, extension 225.

Comments on Big Birch Lake also will be accepted during an open house from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the DNR central office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.