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Baudette area fisheries

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204 Main Street East
Baudette, MN 56623
218-634-2522
baudette.fisheries@state.mn.us

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Anglers who fish in Lake of the Woods, Roseau, Kittson, Marshall, Pennington and parts of Koochiching counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Baudette area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Phil Talmage and a staff of three full-time employees manage 5 fishing lakes and 730 miles of rivers and streams, including popular fishing destinations such as the LaLicense Dollars At Work campaign linkke of the Woods, the Rainy River, and the Red River.

  • Area highlights
  • Fishing license increase
  • Notices & links
  • Area staff

At work for you

Baudette staff  tag a lake sturgeon before releasing it back into the Rainy River. Fisheries biologists use the information gained to understand movement, habitat use, reproduction and harvest rates to responsibly manage this highly prized recovering fishery.

Baudette staff tag a lake sturgeon before releasing it back into the Rainy River. Fisheries biologists use the information gained to understand movement, habitat use, reproduction and harvest rates to responsibly manage this highly prized recovering fishery.

  • Managing the multi-species Lake of the Woods fishery as a sustainable resource for current and future generations. Which includes annual monitoring and population projects.
  • Managing and monitoring fish stocks in the Rainy and Red rivers.
  • Coordinating and distributing lake sturgeon eggs for the Red River Lake Sturgeon Recovery Program.
  • Managing the fishery resources in four reservoirs within state and municipal parks.
  • Working with Ontario on management of shared resources to ensure that Minnesota citizens' interests are represented.

Facts about the fishing license fee increase

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Why Baudette area fisheries needs a license fee increase

Virtually all the work of the Baudette area fisheries staff is funded by money raised through fishing license sales. But reductions in buying power due to increasing costs for products, services and equipment have put this work and the recreational opportunities it creates at risk.

In response, the DNR is seeking a fishing license fee increase in the 2017 legislative session. The increase would raise the price of a resident annual fishing license from $22 to $25. Other fishing license types also would increase. The proposed increases should sustain existing fisheries operations until 2021.

The increase for an individual license – roughly the price of a scoop of minnows – may fill some existing vacancies but will not create any new positions. It will simply sustain existing programs and area office budgets, many of which already are reduced.

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State lottery & legacy amendment dollars are off limits

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State law prohibits tax dollars, including funds generated by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment and Minnesota State Lottery, from funding area fisheries offices and the core work they do. Fisheries management that creates world-class fishing here in Minnesota is a user-funded, user-benefit system.

General hunting and fishing license fees were last increased in 2012 at an amount designed to keep game and fish operations solvent for about six years. Prior to that, it had been 10 years since the last general fee increase. Periodic fee increases – one about every five years since 1970 – are how Minnesota funds routine fisheries management. Many fishing organizations traditionally have supported periodic fee increases because high-quality fishing is recreation worth paying for.

In November 2016, the Game and Fish Fund Budget Oversight Committee – a citizen group that monitors the DNR's fisheries, wildlife and enforcement revenues and expenditures – recommended that the Legislature increase fishing and hunting license fees during the 2017 legislative session.

The DNR's fisheries section has a long tradition of belt-tightening. Statewide, staff size is down about 13 percent from roughly a decade ago. Moreover, the section is holding an additional 24 vacancies, most of which will not be filled even with fee increase. This means it is common for field offices to have fewer employees and leaner budgets than they once did.

Notices, web links & area information

Contact our Baudette staff

Name
Position
Phone
Email
Phil Talmage Area supervisor 218-634-2522, Ext. 230 phil.talmage@state.mn.us
Dennis Topp Assistant area supervisor 218-634-2522, Ext. 233 dennis.top@state.mn.us
Tom Heinrich Large lake specialist 218-634-2522, Ext. 234 tom.heinrich@state.mn.us
Brett Nelson Fisheries specialist 218-634-2522, Ext. 235 brett.nelson@state.mn.us
LeAnn Nesmith Office administrative specialist 218-634-2522, Ext. 222 leann.nesmith@state.mn.us