DNR Reports Far Fewer Fish Houses Than Average

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The warm weather is keeping the state’s fishers off the ice in south-central Minnesota this winter.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, there were only 111 fish houses counted atop the 59 lakes surveyed during the first two weeks of 2012.

The average tally during the last 35 year is 734, a frequency of about 14 per lake, compared to just under 2 per lake this year.

“We’ve had record-setting temperatures and treacherous ice. It stands to reason that fewer fish houses will be out,” said Lee Sundmark, area fisheries supervisor.

Cooler temperatures over the last few days may foster in a new influx of fish houses soon, but the DNR warned fishers not to be careless.

“Make sure you know your lake and check ice thickness,” said Sundmark.

The DNR says that warm weather might not be the only culprit for falling numbers. Another factor to consider are the fishers now using portable fish houses, instead of permanent structures.

“When we’re out doing our counts during the day, we know we’re missing many anglers that don’t come out until after work,” said Sundmark. “They pop up their house, fish for a few hours and then pack up and head home.”

  • Little Tin God

    No duh!

  • capt jack

    Fishers? Must be more political correctness

  • trapper jack

    The Fury Little Fishers, love using the lake

  • Political Genius

    Thanks you DNR for that useless report.

    Hmm, who’s budget should we cut?

  • Ralph1


    any animal that catches fish for food.

    a fisherman.

    a dark-brown or blackish marten, Martes pennanti, of northern North America.

    the fur of this animal.
    Guess some of you are not as smart as you think you are. #2 answer

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