(Spicer MN-) The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an open house today to collect public comments and share information on proposed black crappie regulation changes for George Lake in Kandiyohi County.

The DNR’s section of Fisheries will hold an in-person open house in Kandiyohi County and one open house in the Twin Cities metro area to cover all proposals as part of the statutory process.

The purpose of the proposed change is to protect and improve black crappie angling and sizes.

If adopted, the special regulation will reduce the daily limit for black crappie on George Lake from 10 to 5. Sunfish daily limits were reduced to 5 in 2021 as part of the Quality Sunfish Initiative.

The open house will take place Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 7-8 p.m. at the Spicer DNR area office, located at 164 County Rd. 8 NE, Spicer, MN.

The statewide open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 5 from Noon-4 p.m. at the DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul.

Notification of the proposed change to fishing regulations was posted at the George Lake public access most of the summer. If adopted, the regulation will go into effect March 1, 2022.

Comments can also be made online by visiting mndnr.gov/sunfish and taking the online survey. Calls to the Spicer area fisheries office will be accepted at 320-796-2161, ext. 225, and emailed comments can be directed to spicer.fisheries@state.mn.us.