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CO Chris Vinton (Perham) reports working on TIPs of possible over limits, checking anglers and shelters for violations. A case of wanton waste and dumping of nearly 20 ducks, some in various stages of being processed was investigated. All of them appeared to be goldeneyes, most likely taken the end of the waterfowl season. Enforcement action was taken for angling with extra lines, no fishing licenses in possession and shelter marking and tagging violations.
Fishing & Hunting Reports
Crappies, bluegills and perch are locating in two distinct areas. Fish mid-lake mudflats in 35 feet of water or less, concentrating on brush piles, rockpiles, and any contour changes (that can mean fishing a hump or a depression on a mudlfat- fish can be in both locations). You can also fish break edges or adjacent weeds in 12 feet of water or less. Use a crappie minnow, waxie, spike, wiggler or micro-plastic on a small jig or under a slip bobber. Perch are tight to bottom, with crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column (day dependent). All day action and the bite is good to excellent.
DNR Outdoor Report
Turkeys have been breaking out of their large flocks into male and female groups in preparation for the spring breeding season. Due to the frozen conditions ducks and other waterfowl are very concentrated in open water areas such as below dams and aerated ponds so now is still a great time to see them in their bright breeding plumage and watch their courtship rituals.
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DNR Q & A
Q: Do hibernating bears ever leave their den during winter if the weather gets unusually warm?
A: Hibernating bears are prompted to come out of their den both by warming temperatures and by increasing day length (normally late March to early April). Thus, a January thaw typically will not fool a bear into coming out early. However, some bears may find themselves in a wet den when temperatures get warm, with snow melting around their den, and this could force them out.
Bears also may be more prone to disturbance from humans during warm spells when they are not hibernating as soundly, and this could cause them to vacate their den. After abandoning their den, they will typically find another suitable site that they already know about. However, any new den would not have the bedding material that bears rake in during the fall when they are preparing for hibernation.
Dave Garshelis, DNR bear research biologist