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Grand Marais area fisheries

Minnesota map showing Grand Marais location

1356 Highway 61 East
Grand Marais, MN 55604
218-387-6021
grandmarias.fisheries@state.mn.us

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

Area Fisheries Supervisor Steve Persons and a staff of three full-time and one part-time employee manage 727 fishing lakes and 1,200 miles of rivers and streams. These License Dollars At Workwaters include popular fishing destinations such as Saganaga Lake, North Shore steelhead streams and the east end of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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At work for you

A Grand Marais crew pepares to portage lake trout eggs out of Mountain Lake. The eggs supply trout stocking programs throughout Minnesota.

A Grand Marais crew pepares to portage lake trout eggs out of Mountain Lake. The eggs supply trout stocking programs throughout Minnesota.

  • Supporting coldwater fishing by managing 63 lakes for lake trout, 65 lakes for stream trout, 44 streams for wild brook trout and 24 streams for wild steelhead and salmon.
  • Supporting warmwater fishing by managing 100 lakes for walleye, 176 lakes for northern pike, 18 lakes for smallmouth bass, 23 lakes for panfish or perch and six streams for warmwater species. Many lakes are managed for two or more species.
  • Producing 40,000 lake trout eggs to maintain the state's native inland lake trout stocking program. Using native lake trout improves our stocking success, producing more fish for anglers.
  • Stocking walleye in 16 lakes, panfish in three lakes and lake trout in five lakes. We stock 125,000 stream trout in lakes annually. Stocking supports fishing in lakes that have little or no natural reproduction.
  • Monitoring fish populations and evaluating management actions by completing 25-40 lake surveys and 10-15 stream surveys annually.

Contact our Grand Marais staff

Name
Position
Phone
Email
Steve Persons Area supervisor 218-387-6021 steve.persons@state.mn.us
Matt Weberg Assistant area supervisor 218-387-6021 matt.weberg@state.mn.us
Jon Gustafson Fisheries specialist 218-387-6021 jon.gustafson@state.mn.us
Brian Homola Fisheries technician 218-387-6021 brian.homola@state.mn.us
Steve Jungclaus Fisheries technician 218-387-6021 steve.jungclaus@state.mn.us