Anglers who fish in Carlton County and southern St. Louis County benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Duluth area fisheries staff.
Area Fisheries Supervisor Deserae Hendrickson and a staff of three full-time (currently one vacancy) and three part-time employees manage 194 fishing lakes and 550 miles of rivers and trout streams. Those waters include popular fishing destinations such as the St. Louis River Estuary, Island Reservoir and the Blackhoof, Knife and Sucker rivers, which are premier steelhead trout streams.
A Duluth area fisheries crew electro-fishes during a population assessment of a North Shore stream.
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The Duluth Area Fisheries manages the St. Louis River along with the inland lakes and streams in Carlton, southern St. Louis and southwestern Lake counties. The Duluth Area Hatchery spawns kamloop and steelhead strains of Rainbow Trout from Minnesota north shore streams. Fish are present in the hatchery only in April and May. After spawning, fish are reared at the French River Coldwater Hatchery to provide for stocking needs in Lake Superior and its tributaries, as well as, inland lakes.
The Lake Superior Area manages the Minnesota waters of Lake Superior from Duluth up to the Canadian border. For more details, see Lake Superior's website.
We are located near the mouth of the French River off the North Shore Drive and the French River Coldwater Hatchery is next door.
From Duluth (approximately 7 miles from the Lester River): Take Highway 61 to Ryan Road (County Road 50) and take a right. Follow Ryan Road to the North Shore Scenic Drive and take a left. Our office is on the left just over the bridge at the French River.
If you prefer a more scenic route, take the North Shore Scenic Drive at Brighton Beach and follow it 7 miles to the French River.
The Duluth Area Fisheries is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.