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Ice fishing trash problems persist on popular Minnesota waters

As the activity soars in popularity, discarding human waste adds to complexity of garbage problem on Red Lake and Lake of the Woods


April 19, 2022

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Ice fishing's popularity has increased, and one byproduct has been more overnights at ice shelters at places like Lake of the Woods.

The winter walleye season on Upper Red Lake is over, but the lake association's Keep it Clean Committee remains in high gear.

Focused on stopping ice anglers from polluting the lake with human bio-waste, the group has planned for the rollout next season of a dumpster campaign to collect bags of excrement expected to total at least 3,000 pounds over a full winter season.

"This is a terrible problem,'' said Robyn Dwight, president of the Upper Red Lake Area Association. "We've seen all kinds of evidence out on the lake.''


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