Hutchinson Area Fisheries Office

Office address

Hutchinson Area Fisheries Office
20596 Highway 7
Hutchinson, MN 55350

email Hutchinson Fisheries

Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed on Weekends and State Holidays


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Hutchinson Area Fisheries Office boundary map.

Welcome! the lakes and streams within the Hutchinson Fisheries Management Area. The management area includes over 550 waterbodies found in Brown, McLeod, Meeker, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville, and Sibley counties. Those managed for fishing include over 50 lakes, 8 kids fishing ponds, 5 trout streams, and 5 major rivers including the Minnesota River. The remaining waterbodies consist of small streams and ditches, wetlands, shallow waterfowl lakes, and natural ponds used for walleye production. In addition to waterbodies, Hutchinson Area Fisheries manages parcels of land as Aquatic Management Areas (AMA) to protect fish habitat and promote angling access. Our clientele include sporting clubs, lake associations, and thousands of anglers that fish in the management area annually.


Area Fisheries Office Contacts

Fisheries Research Staff

  • Fisheries Research Scientist: Tim Cross ext 233

Regional Fisheries Staff

  • Invasive Carp Specialist: VACANT
  • AMA Habitat Specialist: VACANT ext 245
  • AMA Habitat Technician: Hannah Brown ext 246
  • Minnesota River Specialist: Tony Sindt ext 236
  • Minnesota River Specialist: Eric Katzenmeyer ext 237
  • Minnesota River Technician: Michael Wolf ext 234


General Information

Surveys of fish populations and aquatic habitats are carried out periodically on each managed lake or stream. The information collected is used to monitor fish populations, evaluate management activities, and to develop new management plans. These reports contain information on fish populations such as abundance, sizes, age, and growth rates. Along with fish information, the reports include information on water chemistry, shoreline and watershed characteristics, aquatic vegetation and much more.


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