Reason for algal blooms on MN’s central lakes

The green film that is visible on many lakes, ponds and rivers in the region is the algae bloom. Glen Schmitt of outdoor news joined me on WJON. He says that when the water warms up quickly, slimy green algae blooms tend to appear. Schmitt says the warm temperatures have warmed many lakes and ponds in the region. He says algal blooms don’t usually harm water quality and will go away when the water temperature drops. Schmitt says some lakes and streams are more susceptible to this sort of thing, but most have it in July/August.

Schmitt says when it comes to fishing, he’s been more focused on panfish lately. He says walleye fishing is a bit more difficult right now. Schmitt says walleye fishing generally slows down this time of year across the state. He says that with many hatched minnows and perch moving to deeper water, walleyes have plenty to eat, making them less active. Schmitt says panfish (bluegills and crappie) have been more active and can be found along weed lines, mud flats and sand flats.

Schmitt says fishing from the shoreline and rivers in the area is also a good way to go right now for anglers. He says it’s not always necessary to use a boat to catch fish. Schmitt says fishing with a kayak has also grown in popularity. It says you can buy a kayak that caters to a fisherman.

If you would like to listen to my conversation with Glen Schmitt, it is available below.

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