Trout Reintroduced to Ellen Lake
Ellen Lake in northern Crow Wing County will get its rainbow trout back.
Tim Brastrup, Brainerd Area Fisheries Supervisor for the DNR, told KLKS news they had to kill off species that had been illegally introduced. He says someone stocked the lake with bass and suckers which are incompatible with trout.
Recently, we learned that netting in Mille Lacs Lake indicated the walleye population was substantially down. Some sportsmen doubted the report. Brastrup says netting is a fairly accurate means of determining populations. He says warmer water temperatures, due to climate change, can result in higher mortality when walleye are stressed from catch and release. He also says warmer water is hard on the cisco population, on which the walleye feed.