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Finland Area fisheries

Minnesota map showing Finland location

6686 Highway 1
P.O. Box 546
Finland, MN 55603
218-353-8840
finland.fisheries@state.mn.us

Anglers who fish in Lake County and western Cook County benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Finland area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Dean Paron and a staff of four full-time employees manage 561 fishing lakLicense Dollars At Workes and 2,178 miles of rivers and streams. These waters include popular fishing destinations such as many lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 25 stream trout lakes and several premier brook trout and steelhead streams.

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At work for you

Fisheries management in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Fisheries management in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

  • Managing 25 lakes for stream trout (brook trout, rainbow trout, and splake) including lake reclamation, habitat improvement projects, and stocking (11 aerially stocked).
  • Stocking rainbow trout (steelhead) fry and yearling brook trout in Lake Superior streams.
  • Working with several forest collaborators including county, state, and federal agencies on adaptive forest management to protect lakes and streams.
  • Managing 41 stream conservation easements that provide fishing access to over 16 miles of trout streams.
  • Managing 13 Aquatic Management Areas totaling about 7,950 acres open to the public for fishing, hunting and timber harvest.
  • Conducting remote sampling within the BWCAW including monitoring native lake trout and sport netting on lake whitefish.

Contact our Finland staff

Name
Position
Phone
Email
Dean Paron Area supervisor 218-353-8840 dean.paron@state.mn.us
Kelly McQuiston Assistant area supervisor 218-353-8840 kelly.mcquiston@state.mn.us
Allen Brandt Fisheries specialist 218-353-8840 allen.brandt@state.mn.us
Don Smith Fisheries specialist 218-353-8840 don.smith@state.mn.us
Dick Stern Fisheries technician 218-353-8840 dick.stern@state.mn.us