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There are several invasive species known to be present in Lake Vermilion. Rusty crayfish are very abundant in East Vermilion and are now expanding into West Vermilion. Curly-leaf pondweed is present in Everett’s Bay and Stuntz Bay in East Vermilion. Chinese mystery snails were discovered in 2011 in Spring Bay at the far west end of the lake. These invasive species were probably introduced by careless anglers or boaters.
The DNR has taken several steps to prevent the spread of invasive species. It is illegal to transport water, plants, or animals from lake to lake. The DNR also established a program to inspect boats at some public accesses. Enforcement and education efforts have been increased. Guidelines were adopted to ensure DNR hatcheries and private aquaculture operations do not harbor or spread invasive species. There is now mandatory training on invasive species for lake service providers, including businesses that install or move docks and boat lifts. Legislation passed in 2011 increased funding for invasive species programs and increased penalties for violating laws related to invasive species. MN DNR
regulation to change
January 3, 2017
Anglers on Lake Vermilion will be able to keep walleye up to 20 inches long, with one allowed over 26 inches, starting with the May 2017 fishing opener, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
The new regulation will require release of walleye from 20 to 26 inches, a change that is less restrictive compared to the current regulation that requires release of walleye from 18 to 26 inches. The four fish bag limit will remain the same.
“Lake Vermilion has abundant walleye with good numbers of large females,” said Edie Evarts, Tower area fisheries supervisor with the DNR. “The regulation change allows slightly more harvest while still protecting plenty of mature female walleye that produce future year classes.”