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DNR aims to strengthen pike population

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a meeting Monday to discuss proposed changes to the state's northern pike fishing and spearing regulations.

DNR officials will discuss creating three pike fishing zones to address challenges with pike in each zone and improve northern pike fishing statewide.

The three zones include north central, northeast and southern Minnesota.

In the north central zone, where there are too many small pike and a high harvest of medium and large pike, officials propose increasing the number of medium and large pike and eventually decreasing the number of small pike.

In northeast Minnesota the proposal would protect large pike.

And in southern Minnesota, where pike are less abundant and don't reproduce as well as in the north, the proposal would seek to increase both pike numbers and the size of harvested pike.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the EPA Building, 6201 Congdon Blvd., Duluth.