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BP: Walleye, perch still thriving in Cass Lake chain


The walleyes in Cass Lake also have displayed rapid growth rates and about half of the 16.2 walleyes per net that were sampled in 2018 were between 14 and 18 inches. (Forum News Service file photo)

CASS LAKE -- The walleye and perch fisheries on Cass Lake continue to thrive and Department of Natural Resource officials are expecting another enjoyable year for anglers.

"Cass Lake still has strong walleye numbers and the resort owners have told us that the perch fishery exploded last fall," said Tony Kennedy, Bemidji Area DNR Fisheries large lake specialist. "The perch are growing 2.5 to 3 inches per year and that just normally doesn't happen. Some 5-year-old perch that we sampled were already 12 inches long and we have heard several reports of fishermen catching perch that were 13 inches. And catching big perch is a fun fishing experience."


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