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DNR fishing-related podcasts in advance of walleye opener (04/29/2007)
Learn about walleye, water quality, invasive species and more in a new series of podcasts about Minnesota's fishing opener, now available on the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Web site.

Podcasts are similar to a radio show only instead of tuning into the radio, they're downloaded from the DNR Web site and transferred to a player like an Apple Ipod, Dell DJ or Creative Zen.

People don't even need an MP3 player to hear the shows. Only a computer, Internet access and audio software that play MP3 files is necessary.

The "Fishing Opener" podcasts and other outdoor-related podcasts are available on the DNR Web site by going to www.dnr.state.mn.us, clicking on ‘newsroom' from the menu and selecting ‘DNR podcasts.'

Looking for a place to fish? Let the DNR help

With more than 5,400 game fish lakes and 15,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers in Minnesota, anglers have seemingly endless places to fish.

Finding fishing opportunities is easier today than ever thanks to maps and online fishing information provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

One of the most comprehensive sources of fishing information is available on the DNR's Web site. By clicking the Lake Finder button on the DNR home page at www.dnr.state.mn.us, anglers can find maps and information about fish populations, stocking and more.

DNR QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Q: Safety is always a concern when out on the water fishing or just enjoying one of Minnesota's thousands of lakes and rivers. With the 2007 fishing opener only a few weeks away, what do people need to remember about early season boating?

A: When getting ready for opener, many people give more thought to what kind of sandwiches they should pack for lunch than they do about boating safety. It is important for people to remember that early in the season, although the air temperature may be 70 degrees, most of the bodies of water are still in the low 40s. Even the strongest swimmer is not immune to cold water shock and the torso reflex, the automatic gasp that occurs when people fall into cold water. If their mouth is underwater when this gasp occurs, they will breathe in water and drown if they aren't wearing a life vest.

Make sure navigation lights are all in proper working order, and be sure use them between sunset and sunrise. Also, be sure the boat registration decal is current and check air pressure on trailer tires, pack a spare and make sure the axle bearings are freshly greased. Finally, it is a good idea to leave the alcohol at home. Many of the boating accidents that result in injury, or worse, are the result of intoxicated boaters.

 

 

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