SPICER — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages people in southern Minnesota to attend a virtual town hall meeting at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to share their thoughts on proposed special fishing regulations. Information on how to attend the virtual town hall is available on the DNR website.

With the proposed changes, the DNR aims to protect and improve bluegill sizes by lowering bag limits on five lakes in Kandiyohi County.

They include:

· Diamond

· Florida

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· George

· Long

· Nest

If adopted, the regulations will become effective next year.

The Oct. 14 virtual town hall is one of five town halls the DNR will be holding across the state on the bluegill initiative. Participants are encouraged to attend these virtual meetings, and use the online comment option, as an alternative to in-person meetings.

Consistent with state law, the DNR will also host an in-person open house at the Spicer DNR office on the proposed sunfish bag limit. The DNR is making a number of changes to the in-person meeting format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who want to attend an in-person meeting, information can be found on the DNR’s sunfish information page at mndnr.gov/sunfish or by calling the Spicer area fisheries office at 320-796-2161, ext. 225. Comments can also be submitted via email at Dave.Coahran@state.mn.us.

The meeting will take place Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the DNR area office, located at 164 County Rd. 8 NE, Spicer.

The DNR launched an online presentation and comment opportunity for the bluegill initiative in May. Thus far, the DNR has received 2,500 comments through the online survey.

Notification of the proposed changes to special fishing regulations were posted at the accesses to each lake for most of the summer.