Spicer area fisheries

Office address

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10590 County Road 8 NE
P.O. Box 457
Spicer, MN 56288

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Anglers who fish in Swift, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Yellow Medicine, northern Lyon and eastern Lac Qui Parle counties benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Spicer area fisheries staff.

Area Fisheries Supervisor Dave Coahran and a staff of six full-time employees manage 40 fishing lakes and 200 miles of rivers and streams. These waters include popular fishing destinations such as Green Lake, Lake Koronis and Foot Lake along with numerous small- and medium-sized glacial and License Dollars At Work campaign linkprairie lakes known for excellent bass, walleye, northern pike and panfish angling.

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

At work for you

The Spicer crew takes walleye eggs at the New London hatchery.

The Spicer crew takes walleye eggs at the New London hatchery.

  • Collecting and providing millions of walleye eggs for statewide hatching operations. This includes hatching 45 to 60 million walleye fry each year that are stocked in local managed lakes and rearing ponds for the statewide fingerling stocking program.
  • Producing 5,000 to 15,000 lbs. of walleye fingerlings from rearing ponds for area and statewide stocking needs.
  • Rearing up to 7,000 muskellunge fall fingerlings for statewide stocking needs.
  • Stocking 38 lakes with various sizes of walleye and other fish species as needed to enhance game fish populations.
  • Providing environmental education to more than 3,000 people at area schools, environmental learning centers and events.
  • Conducting annual fish surveys, aquatic habitat inventories and special assessments on 20 or more lakes.

Facts about the fishing license fee increase

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Why Spicer area fisheries needs a license fee increase

Virtually all the work of the Spicer 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

Lake Surveys and research provide the information used to select appropriate management tools, such as: protecting and restoring habitats and water quality; regulating the harvest; stocking and public education.

New London Hatchery

Contact our Spicer staff

Dave Coahran Area supervisor 320-796-2161
Brad Carlson Assistant area supervisor 320-796-2161
Jeff Tellock Fisheries specialist (new london hatchery) 320-796-2161
Gary May Fisheries specialist 320-796-2161
Barry Flanders Fisheries technician 320-796-2161
Nathan Johnson Fisheries technician 320-796-2161
Kala Kaehler Office administrative specialist 320-796-2161