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2021 DNR Preliminary Final Trap Totals

2021 Trap Notes: Seining at French River has been suspended for 2021 due to Covid, totals are expected to be lower. All Lower Shore temperature packages are currently down, DNR creel temps have been substituted where we are able. French River trap closed on May 5th, 2021. No further Knife trap numbers publicly reported after May 12th, 2021 although the trap is likely still in operation. Final numbers TBD DATE: 5/15/21 Knife Flow: 22 CFS Avg Temp: °F French River SH KL Total Knife River SH KL Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 FINAL French Total 44 45 89 Last Knife Reported 664 16 680 DATE: 5/12/21 Knife Flow: 26 CFS Avg Temp: 48°F French River SH KL Total Knife River SH KL Total 0 0 0 Number Captured 20 0 20 FINAL French Total 44 45 89 Total Captured 664 16 680 DATE: 5/05/21 Knife Flow: 44 CFS Avg Temp: 50°F French River SH KL Total Knife River SH KL Total 0 0 0 Number Captured 53 0 53 FINAL French Total 44 45 89 Total Captured 644 16 660 DATE: 5/03/21*** K

2020 MNST Creel Project Results

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The 2020 Minnesota Steelheader Creel Project - or - Covid Stinks! For those not familiar with the MNST Creel Project Each year, Minnesota Steelheader collects angler-submitted creel reports of unclipped steelhead, clipped fish and p resumed coaster brook trout through our  Creel Project Collection Page . This catch information is presented in ways we hope provides you with the most accurate picture of Minnesota's annual and long-term North Shore steelhead run behavior. While the primary focus involves fish caught in the tributaries during the Spring migration and spawning run, we appreciate and accept creel reports year-round . MNST analyzes reported catch dates, region caught, the numbers by species, measurements of daily flow, temperature, MN DNR Fisheries trap and other open-source fisheries data, the results of which are charted in Daily, Weekly and Historical formats. For comprehensive information regarding the who, what, when, where and why of the MNST Creel P

2020 egg take operations suspended

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MN DNR News Release 2020 egg take operations suspended canceled due to COVID-19 social distancing protocols April 14, 2020 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will cancel its 2020 egg take operations for walleye, northern pike, muskellunge and steelhead because the work cannot be done safely under COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.  Collecting eggs and sperm from spawning fish in the wild is a labor intensive effort that requires teams of 6-8 people working in close proximity. After a careful examination of whether the egg take process could be re-engineered, the DNR determined that is was not possible to safely handle fish during the egg take and practice appropriate social distancing to protect staff from COVID-19. The DNR collects eggs each spring to hatch, raise and then release either as fry or fingerlings to stock Minnesota waters that have low or no natural reproduction of these fish species. While this stocking is important to maintain fish popula

Important Announcement from Minnesota Steelheader

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Moving through troubled times When this organization was started nearly 20 years ago, we set out with the mission to Inform, Inspire and Educate any and all who had an interest in this great fishery we call the North Shore. Since that time, Minnesota Steelheader has written hundreds of articles, started many projects and programs, adopted a river, provided numerous free clinics and seminars covering the full range of Steelheading opportunities in Minnesota, and participated in State Advisory Groups and scientific studies. Our visitors and followers have grown from just a handful in the US to now hosting tens of thousands of friends from Canada, Great Britain, France, Denmark, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. We are constantly humbled and greatly appreciate you all. You see, Steelheading is our passion. Minnesota Steelheader is made up of a group of incredible people. We are all volunteers from many walks of life who live and work along the North Shore as well as in other