Ongoing habitat restoration project prompts liberalized temporary fishing on Lake Wakanda (posted December 6, 2021)


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources liberalizes fishing regulations on Lake Wakanda in Kandiyohi County from December 18 to February 27, 2022. Liberalized fishing rules are a response to a lake rehabilitation project that will temporarily lower fishing prices. water levels.

Residents of Minnesota with a fishing license may take for personal use any species of fish in any quantity and in any manner; except that they are not authorized to use seines, traps, fyke nets or explosives. Carp, buffalo, bullhead and suckers that are caught from Lake Wakanda can be sold.

Fishermen must obey all trespassing laws on private property. In addition, it is illegal to throw fish on the shore or on the ice of the lake.

The Lake Wakanda rehabilitation project included the construction of four fish barriers designed to limit the migration of coarse fish into the lake. The lowering of water levels is aimed at reducing the current carp population in the lake and improving water quality. The two-year drawdown lowered the lake level by two and a half feet, in accordance with the lake management plan.

Drawdowns mimic drought conditions, which act as a reset of a lake ecosystem by consolidating sediment, establishing vegetation, and reducing populations of scaly fish. The practice also creates conditions for winter destruction, which can occur with reduced oxygen levels. Eliminating rough fish improves fish and wildlife habitat and helps maintain a more diverse fishery.

Lake Wakanda will remain in retreat during the winter of 2021-2022 before the managers of the MRN allow it to fill naturally in 2022. The fishing teams will then stock a diversity of game species in order to control the populations of scaly fish. and maintain desirable fish habitat.

For the latest information, contact the Spicer MNR Fisheries Office at 320-409-2044 or [email protected]. For a statewide list, visit the DNR website at


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