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Bass Populations on the Increase in Minnesota Lakes

The bass populations in Minnesota lakes are looking great for both smallmouth and largemouth bass.

Gotta love stories about improving populations. The DNR (Department of Natural Resources) in Minnesota wanted to do a study of largemough and smallmouth populations in a stream of lakes. The numbers turned out very well for the future of fishing all of Minnetosta's lakes.

The whole story is here at the Brainerd Dispatch:

In an effort to find out the population of smallmouth bass in one of Minnesota's largest lakes, the Minnesota DNR started capturing and tagging smallmouth bass from Mille Lacs Lake last week. Mille Lacs Lake has received extra coverage nationwide after being named one of the top 10 best bass lakes in the nation by Bassmaster Magazine (No. 6) and after some of the largest smallmouth bass of the year were caught during the Bassmaster Classic Angler of the Year tournament last September. With added focus and pressure on this fishery, the state is looking to get an estimate of the lake's bass population.

Smallmouth Bass

"Clearly smallmouth bass have been increasing in abundance out there, and honestly that's a regional trend, it's not just in Mille Lacs," Parsons said. "Bass are increasing throughout Minnesota, both largemouth and smallmouth."



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