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Notices & Updates (last updated 5/11/15)
Starting In 2015: 54-Inch Minimimum For Muskies; Multiple Local Waters Affected
Changes in the fishing laws will increase harvestable size for many, but not all, muskellunge (muskie) waters. Minimum harvest length for muskies will increase to 54 inches, effective with the 2015 season. Lakes managed for tiger muskie, or containing remnant populations, and the Mississippi River upstream from the Coon Rapids Dam have different regulations. Check our Special Fishing Regulations page for where the specific exceptions apply locally, or consult the Statewide Regulations for more detail.
Trout Stocked For 2015 Open-Water Season
Lakes managed for stream trout species received their scheduled allotments for the 2015 Open-Water Season (May 9 [1 hr before sunrise]-October 31, 2015):
Rainbow Trout Yearlings: Courthouse Lake-- 3,000 fish; Christmas Lake-- 1,000 fish. Overall sizes were 1/3-3/5 lb*
* based on hatchery-projected average weights; weights of individual fish might differ
Lake Minnetonka Muskie Study-- Please Report Tagged and Fin-Clipped Fish
MN DNR, Muskies, Inc. Twin Cities Chapter, and Hugh C. Becker Foundation began a project on Lake Minnetonka to evaluate muskellunge (muskie) stocking effectiveness. Since 2009, muskie have been stocked with an individually numbered yellow tag near the dorsal fin. If you catch a tagged muskie that you plan to release, please leave the tag in the fish but record the 6-digit tag number, date caught, lake name, fish species, and fish length via the internet tag-report form or to our office's phone, email, or address (above). Study Details (includes 2014 season information)
West Metro Fisheries Office Location
Our office is in the Blue Lake Business Center on Scott Co. Hwy. 101 (between US Hwy 169 and Valleyfair amusement park). We share space with two other MN DNR disciplines (Parks & Trails, Wildlife) and Conservation Corps Minnesota-Iowa .
No license sales or registration/titling services are available, and we have no hatchery or live fish displays for tours. If you'd like to visit us in person, we recommend you contact us beforehand to ensure staff will be here. Because we're a small field-oriented office, drop-in visitors could find no available help or a locked building.
Regional Fishing Outlooks
information compiled by area fisheries managers